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Anonymous asked in 社會與文化語言 · 1 decade ago




mouses嗎?{i guess} 麻煩達人的幫忙囉,謝啦

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    用 mouse devices

    Wired Style: Principles of English Usage in the Digital Age

    (ed. Constance Hale, HardWired, 1996, ISBN 1-888869-01-1) says:

    "What's the plural of that small, rolling pointing device invented

    by Douglas Engelbart in 1964? We prefer ~mouses~. ~Mice~ is just

    too suggestive of furry little creatures. But both terms are

    common, so take your pick. We actually emailed Engelbart to see

    what he'd say. His answer? 'Haven't given the matter much


    "In fact, Engelbart shared credit for the name with 'a small

    group in my lab at SRI.' Nobody among his colleagues seems to

    remember who first nicknamed the device, but all agree that the name

    was given because the cord ('tail') initially came out the 'back' of

    the device. 'Very soon we realised that the connecting wire should

    be brought out the "front" instead of the back,' Engelbart notes,

    but by then the name had stuck."

    The Microsoft(R) Manual of Style for Technical Publications

    (ed. Amanda Clark, Microsoft Press, 1995, ISBN 1-55615-939-0)

    says: "Avoid using the plural mice; if you need to refer to more

    than one mouse, use mouse devices."

    Markus Laker reports from the U.K.: "In the early eighties, a

    few people did selfconsciously say 'mouses', but the traditional

    plural 'mice' gained ground rapidly and is now more or less

    universal here."

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