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Old October 26th, 2005, 11:36 PM
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Default Computer Gender????

What gender is a computer?

A French teacher was explaining to her class that in French, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.

"House" is feminine - "la maison."

"Pencil" is masculine - "le crayon."

A student asked, "What gender is a '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 their recommendation.

The men's group decided that "computer" 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 review; 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 ("le computer") 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 got a better model.
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Old October 26th, 2005, 11:41 PM
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Old October 27th, 2005, 07:28 AM
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For those who wonder what is the gender? It's masculine.

A little French lesson: The French spelling for "masculine" is "masculin"

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Old October 27th, 2005, 07:51 AM
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I enjoyed that. I have to share that with my brother who works with computers.
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Old October 27th, 2005, 07:54 AM
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Old October 27th, 2005, 08:17 AM
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Cute. But here's another French lesson: the French word for computer is l'ordinateur. To tell you the truth, I'm not sure if the l' stands for "le" or "la". Told you I was not fluently bilingual!

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