Nushka Posted October 7, 2004 Share Posted October 7, 2004 Subject: Computer Gender > A Spanish teacher was explaining to her class that in > Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as > either masculine or feminine. ''House'' for instance, > is feminine: ''la casa.'' ''Pencil,'' however, is > masculine: "el lapiz.'' > > A student asked, ''What gender is 'computer'?'' > > Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split > the class into two groups, male and female, and asked > them to decide for themselves whether ''computer'' > should be a masculine or a feminine noun. > > Each group was asked to give four reasons for its > recommendation. > > The men's group decided that ''computer'' should > definitely be of the feminine gender (''la > computer''), because: > > 1. No one but their creator understands their internal > logic; > > 2. The native language they use to communicate with > other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else; > > 3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term > memory for possible later retrieval; and > > 4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find > yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories > for it. > > (No chuckling... this gets better!) > > The women's group, however, concluded that > computers should be Masculine (''el computer''), > because: > > 1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn > them on; > > 2. They have a lot of data but still can't think for > themselves; > > 3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but > half the time they ARE the problem; and > > 4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if > you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten > a better model. > Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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