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Does anyone know when this phrase became popular?  I would like to use it in a story set in 1999.

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Gatz
#1 - June 12, 2015, 09:01 AM
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I've never heard it before -- hub who is old school programer has never heard it before either. ?? I have heard hover your 'cursor' or 'pointer' over.

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#2 - June 12, 2015, 09:41 AM
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I've heard it and use it. But I don't think it was a thing in 1999. I don't recall the tech doing anything you'd hover for back then...
#3 - June 12, 2015, 10:04 AM
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Hmmm, I only became aware of it recently even though I've used computers for a long time ... I even did programming with punch cards.
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Thanks, everyone. I guess I'd better not use the phrase.

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#5 - June 12, 2015, 04:24 PM
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The mouse itself becomes popular with more Windows based stuff. Hovering couldn't happen before that. Windows has headed more and more to mouse usage as time goes on.
#6 - June 15, 2015, 11:26 AM
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I remember hovering my mouse well before 1999. I just don't know whether it was labeled as hovering.
#7 - June 15, 2015, 12:31 PM
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Me, too. I've been using a mouse since at least 1985 or 1986 (we owned an Amiga).

Not sure if that term was in use at the time, though. I think perhaps "pointing with your mouse" would have been in use.

Hope that helps!

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I remember using the phrase "mouse over" and "hover" at that time -- I worked at an ecommerce company in 1999 and that sounds right. It would be used for something as simple as the color of a hot link when you mouse over it, right? It's soon to become a bit of period color because of touch screens -- there's no hovering on an iPad.
#9 - June 15, 2015, 02:12 PM
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All this makes me think of a whimsical shtick, something that George Carlin could've had fun with:

Imagine that you're a time traveler from back then, just landing in today's world and reading "hover your mouse" or "surfing the web" or "storing our software on a cloud." How you would've reacted. "Am I all alone?"
#10 - June 15, 2015, 02:53 PM
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I know what you mean, Glatz! The first thing that comes to mind is Marty McFly landing in Hill Valley on October 21, 2015. That's heavy!
#11 - August 15, 2015, 06:51 AM

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