Where Did the Term Mouse Come From?

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The term "mouse," which refers to a computer's mouse, comes from the device's resemblance to the animal mouse. Find out why many people are switching to the wireless mouse with help from a Web designer in this free video on computer tips.

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Hi, I'm Noah and today we're going to learn where the term "mouse" comes from. Now, as you've guessed, it actually comes from the animal, the mouse, which is pretty fairly obvious. Actually when the mouse was first invented by Douglas Englebart, the first model had the wire of the mouse coming out the back, as if it was a tail. Now on modern mice, the wire is actually in the front, at the tip of our fingers. But on older mice, the term is even more significant. Even on new ones though, if you turn it around, you can kind of see the resemblance of the white body of the mouse and the wiring being it's tail. Just imagine to yourself if you added some whiskers and eyes to the front...really see the resemblance. However, as you may have noticed, more and more people are now turning to wireless mice because they're much more practical to use and you don't have to tangle with all the wiring. The only problem with this is that the term "mouse" might be in danger of losing it's significance if it doesn't have a tail or a wire anymore.

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