Thursday, May 07, 2009

Male or female?

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."

So, 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.


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.


Femin Susan said...

Good one

Reader Wil said...

Same in French! But I like to believe it's neutral, for both groups were right. In German it's male, probably in Dutch too and in French it's "le compteur", so also male! The girls were right, as always! LOL

Brenda said...

Ha haha...what Wil said. The girls are always right. The story was funny Pat.

The Mulligan Family said...

Love it! Hope you have fun and enjoy your visit with your son. Also that your Mom's procedure goes well.

Happy Mother's Day to you!
Cheers, Cindy

Renie Burghardt said...

Of course the girls won! Makes perfect sense. Haha.

Hope you're enjoying your company.


Margaret Cloud said...

I believe they are male, a good one Patty. Hope you are having fun. Happy moms day.

Twisted Fencepost said...

So funny! And so true!!

Winifred said...

That was funny. I think it's bi-sexual depending on where you come from.

In Spain, it's male, el ordenador! La computadora must be South American Spanish. So they're both right!