Spanish for Computer

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A Spanish teacher explained to her class that in Spanish, unlikeEnglish, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine. "'House' for instance, is feminine: 'la casa.' 'Pencil,' however, ismasculine: 'el lápiz.'" A student asked, "What gender is 'computer'?"

Instead of giving an answer, the teacher split the class into twogroups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselveswhether 'computer' should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Eachgroup was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.

The men's group decided that 'computer' should definitely be of thefeminine 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 later retrieval when you least expect it.
4. As soon as you commit to one, you find yourself spending half yourpaycheck on accessories for it.

The women's group, however, concluded that computers should bemasculine ('el computador'), because:
1. In order to do anything with them, first, you have to turn them on.
2. They can store a lot of data but still can't think for themselves.
3. They are supposed to help solve problems, but most of the time theyare the problem.
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited alittle longer, you could have gotten a much nicer-looking one thatworks a lot better.

The women won.

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