(My dear friend Linda Payne sent this today. I just had to pass it on. Enjoy.)
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. Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.
The men’s group decided that ‘computer’ should definitely be of the feminine gender (‘la computadora’), because:
- No one but their creator understands their internal logic;
- The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;
- Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval;
- As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.
(THIS GETS BETTER OR WORSE DEPENDING ON YOUR GENDER!)
The women’s group, however, concluded that computers should be Masculine (‘el computador’), because:
- In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;
- They have a lot of data but still can’t think for themselves;
- They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they are the problem;
- As soon as you commit to one, you realized that if had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.
You decide who won.
Also, if you would like to learn better methods of communicating with the opposite sex, please watch for upcoming announcements about a new Life Group starting this fall. “Keys To Loving Relationships” based on the the Gary Smalley video series of the same name. It will be staring the first Sunday night after Labor Day and the facilitator will be yours truly!
(Date of publication 6/29/2010 @ 8:52 via http://TheComputerGuysLLC.spaces.live.com)