Mouses or Mice - A question of English

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  1. madamimadam macrumors 65816

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    While I've always said "Mice", I was recently thinking, isn't there some rule in the English language that says that a living item is treated differently from an object which would mean that the plural to the computer mouse is mouses?
     
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    pl. also mouses ) Computing a small hand-held device that is dragged across a flat surface to move the cursor on a computer screen, typically having buttons that are pressed to control computer functions.
     
  3. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Both "mice" and "mouses" are acceptable when referring to the computer mouse, though "mice" is somewhat more prevalent.
     
  4. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Don't worry about it, both "mice" and "mouses" are in common use.

    Rules? What rules? When is the last time you saw two hice galloping down the road? Or grice taking flight?
     
  5. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    The plural for mouse in Middle English was mousies and I choose to use that instead.

    In any case, I think people will figure it out.
     
  6. madamimadam thread starter macrumors 65816

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    To be honest, it is not about whether people understand or not, it is about being anal
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  7. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    A few weeks ago I was told at great length the reasons why it's 'mouses' and not 'mice'. It wasn't really that interesting, to be honest. :p
     
  8. MrSmith macrumors 68040

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    Well, I'm all ears...

    ...but luckily only one of these.
     
  9. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Hey, you're putting words in my mouth now! :D

    I can't remember the reason, to be honest – the explanation began and I switched off and started thinking about my tea. Sorry. :eek:
     
  10. MrSmith macrumors 68040

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    Hull...north...dinner, right? :cool: :D
     
  11. skunk macrumors G4

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    Houses don't often gallop.
     
  12. kettle macrumors 65816

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    you're a star

    so, mice are commonly used to control pointers on computer interfaces, and to see this happen you would observe a pointer as it mouses around the screen?


    Just checking.
     
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    Whatever happened to meese? ...or meeses? And what's the plural of Moose? Mooses? Moosen?

    :p
     
  14. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Dinner is what you have at dinnertime, tea is what you have at teatime. It's quite simple, really. :)
     
  15. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Yeah, I know, the foundation work cost a fortune.
     
  16. MalcolmJID macrumors 6502a

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    Dinner = Lunch (12pm/1pm)
    Tea = Tea (5pm/6pm)

    Yea, I spose Tea is nearly what most Americans would called dinner? :-\
     
  17. MrSmith macrumors 68040

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    Dinner=Lunch
    1=2
    :confused:

    When you visit a restaurant in the evening do you 'go out to tea'? :confused:

    Oh, OK, got it:

    I hope, Sir, you are not referring to me - a loyal subject of Her Majesty :mad: :D
     
  18. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Actually, yes. Except that it would be 'for' rather than 'to'. In fact, me and Miss Jaffa Cake are 'off out for tea' tomorrow. :)
     
  19. madamimadam thread starter macrumors 65816

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    How can you correct someone's grammar and then say "off out"?
     
  20. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    I'm not attempting to correct anyone's grammar, simply saying how we would phrase the statement in these parts. I'm fully aware that what I'm saying isn't grammatically correct, but colloquialisms, dialects and the like often aren't. :)
     
  21. MrSmith macrumors 68040

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    Are you north or south? Or a colonial butting in? :D:D Actually it's not a case of grammar. 'To' refers to a place, 'for' refers to the purpose. Either is OK but daan souf we would tend to use 'to'. BTW I'm interesting in my other life.

    How about going to a Dinner and Dance? Tea and Dance? And does your lady friend know you call her that? :(:D

    Edit: missed Jaffa Cake's posting above, if it makes any difference.
     
  22. madamimadam thread starter macrumors 65816

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    You say "off out"???

    I swear, the English speak their own language almost as badly as the people of the United States
     
  23. skunk macrumors G4

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    Almost.
     
  24. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    You asking? ;)

    That's a good point, though. In this instance, 'a Dinner' could refer to an evening do, although in my mind at least you'd then be referring to the whole event as the dinner, not just the meal itself.

    Oh yes. Actually, last night I told her we were off out to an evening do next month (one of those previously discussed 'Dinner Dance' things), and her first question was "Will we get any tea there?" :D
     
  25. skunk macrumors G4

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    Oooh, the saucy little thing! :)
     
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