Today I’m taking part in the Book Blogger Hop, a weekly hop hosted by Billy B at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer (originally created by Jennifer at Crazy-For-Books). You can see the hop schedule here.
“Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.”
Question of the Week: Off the book topic…do you use a mouse pad? If so, what is on it?
(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)
Well, first let’s get the semantics out of the way: in England, a ‘mouse pad’ usually refers to the motion-sensitive touchpad on a laptop and we call the plastic surface that you put under your mouse, a ‘mouse mat’.
I rarely use a mouse mat at home because I’m always on my laptop and don’t bother to use a mouse with that unless I’m doing some digital drawing and need the precision, in which case I have a red mouse mat with flowers on that my husband bought me. My husband is really into his gaming and he has a number of very expensive mouse mats from brands like Razor and Overwatch which I think are a bit excessive but he loves collecting them.
At work, I have a PC and the mouse mat I use for that is one I got from going to see Shrek the Musical in Nottingham several years ago. It has pictures of Shrek characters on and a very outdated character from 2012 or something, but it does its job. Actually, I would quite like one of those photo mouse mats with pictures of my daughter on. Mother’s Day is coming up, so you never know!
Do you use a mouse mat/mousepad? If so, what’s on it?
Thanks for the explanation about the different terminology…love it.
I use a mouse mat even though I have a laptop. I don’t like using the track pad.
Thanks for sharing.
Yeah, I know a few people who don’t like the trackpad. It’s fine for me as long as I’m not doing anything that requires precision.
That is interesting that you all call it a mouse mat, I have never heard that. I hope you get a mouse mat with pictures of your daughter for Mother’s Day!
Yeah, there are so many little differences between American and British English, I’m discovering new ones all the time.
I haven’t used a mouse mat for ages! I think it used to be the only way to go before the optical mice 🙂 ah, memories. Do you remember the ones with the ball? I remember back in school, the kids would take them out of the mice in technology class and throw them around 😀
Ha ha, yes I remember the ones with the ball. It doesn’t seem that long ago!
How interesting that you call them “mouse mats”! I find the differences between British and American English totally fascinating! Like, what you guys call the “bonnet” of the car, we call the “hood”. And to us, a “lift” is an “elevator”. However, I remember from the classic Star Trek episodes that they used the word “lift” inside the Enterprise. Lol.
Whatever you call them, some of these mats/pads can be pretty BORING. But, thankfully, there ARE bookish mouse mats/mouse pads! It’s SO COOOOOl that you have one with images from the Shrek musical!!! I wish you had posted a picture of it.
A mat/pad with a photo of your daughter sounds so sweet! I think you can get a custom-made one. Having your daughter’s picture on it in time for Mother’s Day also sounds GREAT!!
Thanks for sharing! Also, thanks for stopping by and commenting on my own BBH post!! Cheers!!! <3 <3 🙂 🙂
I find the differences between British and American English really interesting too. I’m always discovering new ones that I didn’t know. A few years ago I was really confused when I read a description of a girl walking along with her thong trailing along the ground (or something like that). ‘Thongs’ exclusively refers to underwear here, I didn’t realise that it also meant flip-flops/sandals! Thanks for visiting, Maria and sorry it took so long to reply!
I use one but it’s nothing special, it’s something about Diddl, my aunt gifted it a very long time ago
Aww, I like Diddl. I have a cute mug with Diddl on that was gifted to me by my school French-exchange host.
I had no idea there were diff words for this in England. I call the thing on laptops a trackpad, and the thing under a mouse a mouse pad. But anyway, I don’t even use a mouse lol, so I have no need for the mat that goes under one. I have a keyboard with a trackpad. But even when I used to use a mouse or if I do use one now, the mats under them just annoy me to no end because I always end up running the mouse right off of them!
Yeah, I had no idea there was a difference until I saw the question and I was confused for a moment. I would probably run the mouse off my work one but it’s not a cordless one so there isn’t much room to do that.
Yes so true about using a laptop I also use a laptop but I do use a mouse, but I won’t buy a cute mouse mat because I am really scared I will lose that one as well. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog hop last week Tizzy.
No problem, thank you for visiting, Katiria. You have a very pretty name.