The gender of computer

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The gender of computer

Postby relaxin » Dec 17 2014 4:30 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 boys’ 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 mistake is 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.

The girls’ 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 girls won.
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Re: The gender of computer

Postby JaneJ » Feb 01 2016 5:46 am

That's funny. Very thorough analysis for the other gender :D :D :D
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Re: The gender of computer

Postby SheilaRNA » Mar 04 2016 9:21 am

:lol: definitely I agree
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Re: The gender of computer

Postby claireit » Aug 12 2016 11:29 am

girls won..I guess a Spanish teacher was a she :D :D
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