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Why we call cursur(pointer on screen) a curser(one who curses)??????


Please answer this.. I dont think that there is any resamblence between these two but why we give them same names????






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we call it "cursOr " and not "cursEr"

from dictionary.com

cur·sor   Audio pronunciation of "cursor" ( P )  Pronunciation Key  (kûrsr)
n. Computer Science

    A bright, usually blinking, movable indicator on a display, marking the position at which a character can be entered, corrected, or deleted.


[Middle English, runner, from Latin, from cursus, past participle of currere, to run. See kers- in Indo-European Roots.]
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Thank you very much for the Reply :)




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The root is the key.  

'Cursor' has long applied to moving objects that mark a position.  If you're old enough, you may remember that the sliding hair line on a slide rule was called a cursor.

From that same root we get 'course' - a fixed path along which something moves, such as race course, obstacle course, and golf course.  And the intransitive verb 'course', as in 'storm water coursing through the pipes.'
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