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Male vs Female - the computer

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


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 salary on accessories for it

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


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 got a better model.

The women won methinks :rolleyes:

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