What do you think that gadget we all use with our computers might have been called it it hadn’t been called it a “mouse”?
You can see why a one word name like “mouse” came about.
puck has also been used.
The current version of the basic computer course at my local community college still claims that a wireless mouse can be called a hamster.
It was called a “mouse” by Doug Englebart during “The Mother of All Demos” in 1968. See Clip 12:
- and widget lost yet another chance to become a clearly tangible item.
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“That other thing you have in your hand when you’re surfing the internet”.
The goooey ? lol
Manually Operated User Selection Equipment.
Clicker? Paddle? Pointer? Remote?
I’d probably go with clicker, although for some reason we called the TV remote in our house the “dink”, so a mouse might have been known as the “PC dink”.
Remote. Or possibly slider.