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Then: Mouse in the House

Now: Mouse on the Pad

A mouse used to be just the name of a small animal.  One you didn't really want in your house, let alone sitting on your desk.  And you didn't want to have to depend on one to get your work done.   I mean, really.   Can you imagine your grandparents eavesdropping in on this conversation?

You say:  Ugh, my mouse isn't working.  Grandpa thinks:  What kind of work did they expect it to do?)

Your husband says:  Try jiggling it.  (Grandma thinks:  Oh, for heavens sake.  I don't want to touch that thing.   Let along jiggle it!)  

You say:  It is connected?  (Grandma thinks:  Connected to what?  To the trap?  I don't want it connected.  I just want it out of the house.)

Your husband says:  Try a different mouse pad.  The one with the kids' faces on it.   (Grandpa thinks:  What?  Let the mouse live on my children!)

As you can see, words have evolved quite a lot since our grandparents' day.  "Mouse" isn't the only one to take on new meanings.  

"Boot" used to refer to something you wore on your foot.  "Cookies" were something we ate.  "Text" was usually a book.        

Everyday new words are added to our language.    And then some have disappeared forever.  Volumes can be written on this subject.    

Anyways, back to my mouse.  It does have a mind of its own.  It freezes up on me.  I have to move it over a bit.  Jiggle it.  Raise it into the air.  Curse at it to get the cursor back.  It's so darn frustrating that this small device has so much control over my sanity.  

If only I could coax it to work better with a bit of cheese!




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