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A language instructor was explaining to her class that in Spanish, nouns unlike their English counterparts, are grammatically designated as masculine or feminine.

"House," in Spanish, is feminine-"la casa."
"Pencil," in Spanish, is masculine-"el lapiz."

One puzzled student asked, "What gender is computer?"

The teacher did not 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 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
  4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your pay check on accessories for it.
The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be masculine (el computador"), 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. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem
  4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you'd waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.
The women won.
 

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Kinda' makes ya wonder . . . 'what gender is a Mustang'??!!??/forums/images/icons/laugh.gif

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Hmmmmmm... I believe the appropriate gender is entirely based on who is using it at the time. /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif

Good joke, though!

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tee hee....... thanks for sharing kent :0)
 
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When I was reading the post...I was thinking the same thing...I wonder what gender my car is...most of mine have definitely been female...they are too jealous. After 2-3 dates with one girl...the car would break down on me. I don't date...car runs well...I date...car dies.

Oh well...I wonder what happens when I get married in less then a month? Explosion? (I've already had a vehicle fire, but not the mustant)

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my ex from college believed my computer was a female, she was jealous of it, and made fun of it's mating call, when the modem was connecting!
 
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