plural 4 computer MOUSE..?? =.=?

Mouse Scientific classification:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Superfamily: Muroidea
Family: Muridae
Subfamily: Murinae
Genus: Mus
Species: 30 known species

so, plural for this 'mouse' is 'mice'..!
how about the other 'mouse'..??

-> after searching here and there......

[The first known publication of the term "mouse" as a pointing device is in Bill English's 1965 publication "Computer-Aided Display Control".

>>The Compact Oxford English Dictionary (third edition) and the fourth edition of The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language endorse both computer mice and computer mouses as correct plural forms for computer mouse.<<

Some authors of technical documents may prefer either mouse devices or the more generic pointing devices. The plural mouses treats mouse as a "headless noun".

Two manuals of style in the computer industry—Sun Technical Publication's Read Me First: A Style Guide for the Computer Industry and Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications from Microsoft Press—recommend that technical writers use the term mouse devices instead of the alternatives.]

so, plural 4 this kind of 'mouse' is either 'computer mice' or 'computer mouses'.

1 comment:

  1. What a very informative article. At first, I thought mouses is a wrong choice of word because mice is the real plural form of mouse. Thanks for sharing this thought.