Computer Mice or Mouses?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu Mar 22 14:56:36 UTC 2012

At 3/22/2012 12:16 AM, W Brewer wrote:
>Sallie Lemons wrote:   <<<Computer Mice or Mouses? Is there a definitive
>WB:  Are we mice or ... mouses?  My money is on a gender bias.  Any
>takers?  Hypothesis: Women go for the morphologically conservative form
><mice> (just like my dear Mama-r), while men (smoking cigars & swilling
>whiskey) say <mouses>, especially lumberjacks, banding together in unison
>in redwood forests far from civilization.

I hear the lumberjack, banding together with a chorus of Canadian
Mounted Police, singing "I cut down trees, I skip and jump, I like to
press my mousies, I put on women's clothing, and hang around with Mounties."


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