[ ᴃᴚiפʜᴌ ᵴᴌᴗᴆiᴏ ]: Computer's Gender: Male or Female?

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Computer's Gender: Male or Female?

Haha... found this in Ps. Lois's blog, very amusing to me, i bet it will be the same for you :P

A language instructor was explaining to her class that in Spanish, nouns, unlike their English counterparts, are grammatically designated as masculine or feminine. For instance, "house" in Spanish is feminine: "la casa". "Pencil" in Spanish is masculine: "el lapiz".

One puzzled student asked, "What gender is 'computer?'" The teacher didn't know, and the word wasn't in her Spanish dictionary. So for fun she split the class into two groups, appropriately enough by gender, and asked them to decide whether "computer" should be a masculine or feminine noun.

Both groups were required to give four reasons for their recommendation. The men's group decided that computers 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!
4. As soon as you make a commitment t one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it!

The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be masculine ("el computer") because:
1. In order to get their attention, you have to turn them on
2. They have a lot of data, but they are still clueless!
3. The are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they are the problem.
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you realize that if you'd waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model!

; ) You decide who win.


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