Computers - Male or Female?

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Computers - Male or Female?

Postby graham » Mon Nov 20, 2006 11:28 pm

>
> 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 computadora"),
> 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.
>
> (THIS GETS BETTER!)
>
> The women's group,
> however, concluded
> that computers should be Masculine
> ("el computador"),
> 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.
>
> The women won.
>
>
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