Computer "mouse" is an English term known and used worldwide. Reference about its origin appears to suggest that the term, which obviously refers to the shape of a small mouse, may actually come from nautical slang.
- The trackball (also known as the computer mouse) a related pointing device, was invented in 1941 by Ralph Benjamin as part of a post-World War II-era fire-control radar plotting system called Comprehensive Display System. Benjamin was then working for the British Royal Navy Scientific Service.
- Mouse in the computer sense is from 1965, though applied to other things resembling a mouse in shape since 1750, mainly nautical.
- The earliest known publication of the term mouse as a computer pointing device is in Bill English's 1965 publication "Computer-Aided Display Control".
One nautical usage I could find refers to a technique called mousing:
- a wrapping of several turns of small stuff around the shank end of a hook.
Is there any evidence that may suggest that the "trackball" device invented by Ralph Benjamin was colloquially referred to as "mouse" before the 1965 publication?
Does the term "mouse" actually come from nautical slang.