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The Spanish Computer

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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 a ‘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; and
  • And, 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:

  • 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;¬†
  • And, 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.

**This joke does not belong to me.**