“IS A COMPUTER MALE OR FEMALE?”

“IS A COMPUTER MALE OR FEMALE?”

 

A Spanish teacher was explaining to her adult 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.'"

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 adult 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.

 

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Comment balloon 7 commentsJoe Petrowsky • September 24 2018 12:56PM

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Morning Joe.

While I can see the male side, never and I do mean never argue with a woman, you won't win.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) 22 days ago

Ha! loved it..... sometimes the older model is programed to operate consistently and smooth. "El Computador".....

Posted by Bob Ratliff, "Sold with Bob" (Robert Ratliff Realty) 22 days ago

I like the women's response about computer being Masculine:

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.

 

Posted by Sham Reddy, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) 21 days ago

Very clever, Joe... that has always been the hardest part of learning a new language where inanimate objects are male or female in terms of grammar. And there really is no rhyme or reason to how things are classified, I've learned.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC) 21 days ago

Interesting thought process! It doesn't always seem to make sense which way an object is classified.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) 21 days ago

Good morning Joe. Good points raised on both sides of the aisle. The women win for humor! Enjoy your day.

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 21 days ago

Well I think instead of women winning I think the computer must be a little bit of both.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 20 days ago

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