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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2006 12:26 pm    Post subject: Which Gender? Reply with quote

A language teacher was teaching her class that French nouns, unlike their English counterparts, are gramatically designated as masculine or femine.

"'House' in French is femine -- la maison. 'Pencil' in French is masculine -- le crayon."

One puzzled student asked, "What gender is computer?"

The french teacher didn't know, and the word wasn't in her french dictionary. So for fun, she split the class into two groups, by gender, and asked them to decide whether "computer" should be a masculine or feminine noun. Both groups were required to provide four reasons for their recommendations.

The men's group decided that computers should definitely be the feminine gender because:

1) No one but their creator understands their internal logic.
2) The native languague they use to communicate is incomprehensible to everyone else.
3) Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for possible later retrieval.
4) As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.

The women's group however, concluded that computers should be masculine because:

1) In order to get their attention, you have to turn them on.
2) They have a lot of data, but they can't function on their own.
3) They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time, they ARE the problem.
4) As soon as you commit yourself to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.
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