Saturday, January 27, 2007

What Gender is a Computer?

A language teacher was explaining to her class that in French, nouns, unlike their English counterparts, are grammatically designated as masculine or feminine.

For example,
"House" in French, is feminine........"La maison". "Pencil" in French, is masculine...."le crayon".

One puzzled student asked, "What gender is a computer?"

The teacher did not know, and the word was not in her French dictionary. So for fun she split the class into two groups, appropriately enough, by gender, and asked them to decide whether "computer" should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Both groups were required to give four reasons for their recommendation.

The men's group decided that computer should definitely be of the feminine gender ('la computer"), 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 review; 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 ('le computer") 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.


Blogger Vickie said...

A cool post---I always smile when I am here. Thank you for
the comments you always leave me. On my post I did know
some came from George Carlin but some came from my playing
and my thoughts....I loved the video link, it was great.

Take care of you and enjoy the weekend.

January 27, 2007 12:42 AM  
Blogger Walker said...

Personally if my computer is running sweet she is my baby but if its not he is a bastard LMAO!!!!!

Have a great weekend :)

January 27, 2007 2:02 AM  
Blogger Vickie said...

Had to return and say---You are so special and loved.
You would never Insinuate and never a Wally. Now for
my ignorance what is a Wally? I just know there is no
way it is you....cause you are The Cool One.

Sending you special thoughts and love.

January 27, 2007 2:36 AM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Ragged One ~~ Enjoyed this post very much, thanks. Many thanks for your very kind and lovely words in your loong
comment. That was so nice of you and I am happy to know you enjoy my posts.
Thank you so much, you brought a tear to my eye, Cool Raggedy One!! Take care,
Much love, Merle.

January 27, 2007 2:46 AM  
Blogger Raggedy said...

From the Dictionary of Australian Slang a Wally is someone who keeps making mistakes.

January 27, 2007 2:52 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love love love that did it so cute with all the graphics. Of COURSE, the women won!!! WOOHOO!

January 27, 2007 8:24 AM  
Blogger Deb @ Sugarfused said...

Hah!! Those are funny :)
Hope you have a super weekend, Raggedy!

January 27, 2007 10:58 AM  
Blogger OldLady Of The Hills said...

LOL, LOL, LOL...Love this Raggedy...It is so perfect on both sides, but of course, I agree with the women!
Have a great weekend Raggedy!

January 27, 2007 11:55 AM  
Blogger OldLady Of The Hills said...

Thanks for your lovely comment on Larry Parks...I appreciate it very much. He was a very wonderful man who got a raw deal....! Sometimes life is harder than one would want....I always felt he handled himself in the most amazing way considering that his whole career was snatched away from him. I know he has left a wonderful legacy----two terrific sons and friends who still love him to this day. And Fans who are so very loyal!

January 27, 2007 12:00 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

This is funny! Good post.

January 27, 2007 12:15 PM  
Blogger Puss-in-Boots said...

Hi Raggedy

I've come over from Merle's blog.

I've seen that computer one before, but the Spanish version! However, the outcome was the same - the women won!

You have a very interesting and professional blog. I enjoyed it.

January 27, 2007 3:36 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Hoorah for the women!!

January 27, 2007 4:38 PM  
Blogger TJ said...

of course the "women" won!!

January 27, 2007 6:41 PM  
Blogger Hale McKay said...

I always presupposed my computer was female. I have to talk to her sweet when she's acting up.

Great post.

January 27, 2007 11:36 PM  
Blogger Leann said...

O girl you made my day!!!how true how true.I still have the it love it.Ha HA.

January 27, 2007 11:37 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Yes I'm inclined to think of my computer as female, that is not necessarily praise though.

January 28, 2007 7:55 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

so funny!

January 28, 2007 6:31 PM  
Blogger Wendy Ann Edwina D'Cunha e Pereira said...

I have heard this joke earlier... but it never fails to tickle me... :-) Yup if it's a battle of wits...we definitely come out on top...

January 28, 2007 10:33 PM  
Blogger Meow (aka Connie) said...

Hahahaha ... that's wonderful, thank you for making me chuckle !!
Of course the women won !!
Usually, my computer is a female, as in "good girl", but when it is misbehaving, it is a male (I won't repeat what I say to it !!). Also, Blogger must be a male, too !!
Have a great week.
Take care, Meow

January 30, 2007 6:06 AM  
Blogger Heather in Beautiful BC said...

Oh, that was a funny one! Thanks for the laugh :)

January 30, 2007 7:31 PM  
Blogger eccentricego said...

Ah, the battle of the sexes. This post was truly comical and so very true.

February 01, 2007 6:18 PM  
Blogger Shannon akaMonty said...

I'm pretty sure my computer must be unisex, because I agree with the men AND the women.
I think I'll name mine LeLa.

heehee :)

February 03, 2007 2:08 PM  

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