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meh, it's sort of funny.....




The Spanish Computer


A Spanish teacher was explaining to her class that

in Spanish, unlike

English, nouns are designated as either masculine or



"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



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 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.


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



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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