Solved

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

Posted on 2004-08-22
3
343 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-17
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????






Beset Regards
0
Comment
Question by:sadaa
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
3 Comments
 
LVL 11

Accepted Solution

by:
avizit earned 30 total points
ID: 11867061
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.]
0
 

Author Comment

by:sadaa
ID: 11872720
Thank you very much for the Reply :)




Best Regards
0
 
LVL 22

Expert Comment

by:cookre
ID: 11872765
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.'
0

Featured Post

Announcing the Most Valuable Experts of 2016

MVEs are more concerned with the satisfaction of those they help than with the considerable points they can earn. They are the types of people you feel privileged to call colleagues. Join us in honoring this amazing group of Experts.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

A short article about problems I had with the new location API and permissions in Marshmallow
Today, the web development industry is booming, and many people consider it to be their vocation. The question you may be asking yourself is – how do I become a web developer?
With the power of JIRA, there's an unlimited number of ways you can customize it, use it and benefit from it. With that in mind, there's bound to be things that I wasn't able to cover in this course. With this summary we'll look at some places to go…
Introduction to Processes

687 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question