View Poll Results: What is the Plural of the computer mouse?

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General Chat Thread, Raging Debate At Our School: Mice Or Mouses? in General; A major debate has sprung up here. With reference to the computer mouse what is the plural? I have always ...
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    Raging Debate At Our School: Mice Or Mouses?

    A major debate has sprung up here. With reference to the computer mouse what is the plural?

    I have always used 'mice' but there is a train of thought here that it should be 'mices'

    Using Google to try to resolve this is inconclusive so I throw it open to Edugeek: What do you think?

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    mice if you ask me!

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    Mouses for computer mice.

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    mouse and mice

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    Quote Originally Posted by fafster View Post
    Mouses for computer mice.
    fafster is correct.

    Source: Oxford English Dictionary.

    Having re-read the definition, both mouses and mice are correct terms.
    Last edited by Mako; 20th November 2009 at 02:11 PM.

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    Certainly not mices!

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    Mouses for pc mice, mice for the furry kind

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveBentley View Post
    Certainly not mices!
    Agreed. Which is why I did not include it as an option in the poll.

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    You did include it in your OP though

    I have always used 'mice' but there is a train of thought here that it should be 'mices'

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    We had this a while back - Rodents is the answer to confuse all!
    We also had whether "Moodle" should be moodle, Moodle or MOODLE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveBentley View Post
    You did include it in your OP though
    Yes that was to say that some here thought that this should be the answer. But we can dismiss that straight off the bat!

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    Start a trend - meeces

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    Mouses. Nailed on.

    (anyone remember a kids book.. with "houses for mouses" and "hice for mice".. cant remember the name of it now.. we are talking 25 yrs ago )

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    Old english (eg: correct) has always said mouses, plural of an obkect called a mouse, not the animal.

    we've been here before... Conversation with an English teacher

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    I just call them 'pointy things'
    I call the projector remotes 'hoofer doofers' & the office is 'My Orifice.' And when I get asked to explain how certain things work in the IT world I just refer to it all as 'witchcraft'

    Most of the staff think I'm bonkers.....[ I am but that's a different story ]

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