|What Gender Is Computer? |
Posted by Ranjan Gunawardana on 3/30/2005
A French teacher was explaining to her class that, in French, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine:" House" is feminine -"la maison." Pencil," is masculine -"le crayon."
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 their recommendation. The men's group decided that "computer" should definitely be of the feminine gender ("la computer"), because
The women's group, however, concluded that computer should be masculine ("le computer") because