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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:04 am    Post subject: The computer's gender Reply with quote

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What gender is 'computer'?

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.

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 impossible to understand for everyone else;
3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval;
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 themselves;
3. They are supposed to help you solve 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 gotten a better model.

The women won.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hehe... but some of the women's arguments (at least #3, partly also #4) are also true vice versa ;D
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some more arguments:
- for 'el computador':
they think strictly logically
-for 'la computadora':
they're able to make multitasking

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pretty sure that it is "la computadora" though, so I hope the teacher told them in the end. (but I might be ruining the joke)
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah! But shouldn't 'the women won' mean that it is 'el computador'? So let me play the referee Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmmmm... personally I have no idea, and according to LEO, both genders are correct????????
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

langtolang.com said all of these were acceptable: computador, ordenador, cerebro electrónico, computadora, computadora (La), ordenador (Es), microordenador, máquina ordenadora. Shocked
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So this time, the gender's 'fight' ends in a clear draw, doesn't it? Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ya it still not clear everybody is totally confuse so i think computers are genderless because computers are now days are with more beautiful with outfit designs and most powerful machines so we can't judge..
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