Speaking of jokes ...

... continuing the quest for levity ...

from Florence Shea

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, 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 feminine noun. Each group was asked to
give four reasons for its recommendations.

The men’s group decided 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
incomprehensible to everyone else.
3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible
later retrieval, 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 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, and,
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize if you had waited a little
longer, you could have gotten a better model.

The women won.

October 2, 2015

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