A teacher was explaining to the 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 three reasons for its recommendation.
The women’s group concluded that computers should be Masculine (‘el computador’), because:
1. They have a lot of data but still can’t think for themselves;
2. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and
3. 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 men’s group however, decided that ‘computer’ should definitely be of the feminine gender (‘la computadora’), because:
1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;
2. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and
3. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.
(As expected) the men won…..