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Re: [evonline2002_webheads] computer-feminine or masculine

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  • MarĂ­a Irene Albers de Urriola
    Hi Nigel, This is really good, as Dafne said, we can have some fun too. Maria Irene ... From: Nigel Caplan To:
    Message 1 of 5 , Feb 1, 2002
      Hi Nigel,
      This is really good, as Dafne said, we can have some fun too.
      Maria Irene
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Nigel Caplan" <nigel@...>
      To: <evonline2002_webheads@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2002 10:50 PM
      Subject: Re: [evonline2002_webheads] computer-feminine or masculine

      > WARNING - this is NOT a serious message!
      > Dear Aiden, Dafne et al,
      > I knew I had this somewhere ... it's one of those internet "funnies"
      > which do the rounds now and then. With thanks to my little brother who
      > sent me this last year!
      > Enjoy!
      > Nigel
      > >An English teacher was explaining to his
      > >students the concept of gender association in the English language.
      > >He stated that hurricanes at one time were all given feminine names
      > >and that ships and planes are usually referred to as "she." One of
      > >the students raised his hand and asked, "What gender is a computer?"
      > >
      > >Not having a ready answer, the teacher divided the class into two
      > >groups, males in one and females in the other, and asked each group
      > >to decide whether a computer should be considered masculine or
      > >feminine. Both groups were asked to give four reasons for their
      > >recommendation.
      > >
      > >The group of women concluded that computers should be considered
      > >masculine because:
      > >1. In order to get their attention, you have to turn them on.
      > >2. They have a lot of data but are still clueless.
      > >3. They are supposed to help you solve your problems,
      > > but half the time they ARE the problem.
      > >4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that, if you had
      > > waited a little longer, you could have had a better model.
      > >
      > >The men, on the other hand, decided that computers should
      > >be considered feminine 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 your smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for
      > > later retrieval.
      > >4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself
      > > spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.
      > >--
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