Posted by Brian from Shawnee on March 25, 2004
In Reply to: Meeces posted by MichaelFR on March 25, 2004
: : : : : : : : : During lunch today, one of our computer techs used the word "mouses" as the plural form of a computer "mouse." A little while later, a different tech used the word "mice." Which is preferred or more correct?
: : : : : : : My AP Stylebook doesn't have "mouse" in its Internet section. Merriam-Webster online has computer "mouse" along with the animal "mouse" and the plural is "mice." But that doesn't sound right to me.
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: : : : : : Googlefight has the winner as mice at 76,900 vs 15.
: : : : : Wrong fight.It is still mice at 76,900 vs 8,180
: : : : I suppose a third possibility could simply be "mouse" as the plural. Of course it would be impossible to do an effective Google search for that form.
: : : Why didn't they just call it a computer rat and make things easy?
: : : A Google search using "computer mouse plural" yields many discussions, including this one: http://www.yourdictionary.com/library/oxen.html (link below).
: : Bugger it!!! Sylvester hated those meeces to pieces - and who can blame him. I'm going with meeces!!!
: No headache for me, I use mice to feed my cat, and trackballs for computers...
A small but important correction: It was Jinx the Cat who hated "meeces to pieces". His nemeses (another unusual plural!) were Pixie and Dixie. Sylvester was obsessed with Tweety Bird.