A Spanish teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or...
proposed by: Marius on date: 5 Jun 2007
A Spanish teacher was explaining to her
class that in Spanish, unlike English,
nouns are designated as either masculine
or feminine. I was having trouble with my computer. So I called Harold, the computer guy, to come over. Harold clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem. He gave me a bill for a minimum service [...]
"House" for instance,
is feminine: "la casa."
however, is masculine: "el lapiz."
student asked, "What gender is
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
The men's group
decided that "computer" should
definitely be of the feminine gender
("la computadora"), because:
one but their creator understands their
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;
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
The women won.
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