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    Conversation with an English teacher

    I just had a conversation with an English teacher that was bordering on the surreal.... and I thought I'd share it with you.

    He insists that the plural of mouse, as in computer mouse, is mouses rather than mice.

    Apparently, the plural of (live) mouse is only mice because it is an old English word. As mouse (computer) is a new word it should follow the new, regular, pluralisation and therefore be mouses.

    Apparently the fact that mouses are named after mice because they look like them (and have tails and a red eye underneath) is irrelevant

    Oh, and the plural of shoe is shoon apparently, too I've been speaking this language for 30 years and these were new on me!

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    He sounds like a great laugh
    Last edited by K.C.Leblanc; 7th July 2009 at 10:32 AM.

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    I he a property developer? Does he own several hoose?

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    haha and mouse is a acorynm for Manually Operated User Selection Equipment don't know what the ye old 'rats' where short for.
    Last edited by mossj; 7th July 2009 at 10:33 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.C.Leblanc View Post
    He sounds like a great laugh
    He's a she?

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    I thought it was mouses too to be honest... But shoon???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT View Post
    He's a she?
    No she is a he

    Quote Originally Posted by TonyRidal View Post
    He insists that the plural of mouse, as in computer mouse, is mouses rather than mice.

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    Is there a Moose loose in the hoose?

    Or should that be Mooses or Moosi if there is more than one?

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    Shoon is a great word though, I have to admit.

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    The teech is right, in computer jargon, the plural of mouse is mouses. I can't find a reference just now, though.

    Just like in engineering, the plural of antenna is antennas, but in biology it's antennae. Engineers are using English, but Biologists are using Latin.

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    Some of these posts are getting worser & worser.....

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    I've heard mouses before as the plural.

    Good old wiki seems to think either will do

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mouse_(computing)

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    Ask him the past tense of the verb "to highlight" as well; I have found that English staff tend to say "highlit" while everyone else opts for "highlighted"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickJones View Post
    Ask him the past tense of the verb "to highlight" as well; I have found that English staff tend to say "highlit" while everyone else opts for "highlighted"...
    Odd - highlit - Wiktionary

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    Whatever gender, they have far too much time on their hands if they can be worrying about what pluralisation the IT dept use for pointing instruments...

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