A Spanish teacher was explaining to her class that, in Spanish unlike in 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 each of them to decide for themselves whether computer should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give 4 reasons for a recommendation.
The men’s group decided that computers should definitely be of the feminine gender (la computer) because:
No one but their Creator understands their logic.
The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else.
Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for possible later retrieval.
As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.
(No chuckling. This gets better.)
The women’s group concluded that computers should be masculine (el computer) because:
In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on.
They have a lot of data but still can’t think for themselves.
They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem.
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. 🙂