Sunday, 16 May 2010

A SPANISH Teacher was
explaining to her 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 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'),

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

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.

women's group, however, concluded that computers should be Masculine
el computador'),

1. In
order to do anything with them, you have to turn them

2. They
have a lot of data but still can't think for

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.

this with all the smart women you know...and all the men that have a
sense of humor.

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