Re: [evonline2002_webheads] computer-feminine or masculine
- Hi Nigel,
This is really good, as Dafne said, we can have some fun too.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Nigel Caplan" <nigel@...>
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!
> >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
> >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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