Spanish Computer ! A Spanish language 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 divided 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"), 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 to buy 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. lol

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Image for post Spanish Computer !  A Spanish language 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 divided 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"),  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 to buy 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.  lol
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@2689753

Thanks, I thought it was funny on both counts. lol

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@2689776

Ha..Of course. For once we agree. biggrin smiliebiggrin smilie

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@2689797

lol Yeah right! biggrin smiliebiggrin smilie

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@2689933

Of course, we always agree....NOT! biggrin smilie

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@2689776

As well they should, JD. biggrin smilie

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@2689772

Thanks, I thought it was cute.

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@2689806

Facts are facts. biggrin smiliebiggrin smilie

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Glad I could make your day a little happier. biggrin smilie

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@2689806

"Piece" of mind?

Was that a pun, or was it a Freudian slip? biggrin smilie

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MEN VS WO-MEN....im like my old man...give her some of my pay check and let me do as I please

Lol, an excellent one, Starz.
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Wait a minute!

Both forms are known in Spanish, but "la computadora" gets by far the most hits on Google. (over 11 million vs less than half a million)

https://www.google.com/search?e....0.J1_6ovgBUcI

https://www.google.com/search?e....0.THmB7F_WxJI

Nevertheless, I think the women in that class were right. "La computadora" was probably coined by a bunch of Spanish male chauvinist computer programmers.

But the Germans got it right. It's der Computer or der Rechner in German, both masculine. biggrin smilie

@Thinkerbell Wait a minute! Both forms are known in Spanish, but "la computadora" gets by far the most hits on Google...

Perfect, Thinkerbell, I can only add that, besides (la) computadora, there are also two "male" synonyms:

  • (el) ordenador - IT: l'ordinatore - FR: l'ordinateur
  • (el) portátil - IT: il portatile - FR: le portable

(F, M, F)

  • la computadora - (but IT: il calcolatore - FR: la calculatrice)

Yes, the Germans got it all "male" - oh, wait a minute: there is a female synonym: "die Datenverarbeitungsanlage", and there is also a neutral form, like, for instance, "das Elektronen(ge)hirn", "das Rechengerät", ...

There are many more synonyms, of course.

@Marianne Perfect, Thinkerbell, I can only add that, besides (la) computadora, there are also two "male" synonyms: (el)...

Yes, but the compound nouns that the Germans love so much shouldn't count, since it is a matter of chance what the gender of the last noun in the compound is. biggrin smilie

@Thinkerbell Yes, but the compound nouns that the Germans love so much shouldn't count, since it is a matter of chance what the...

Lol, Thinkerbell, right you are; accuracy would have recommended to use only the last nouns, like ...gerät, ...apparat, ...maschine, etc.
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