|ON THE LIGHTER SIDE OF LIFE|
A language instructor was explaining to her class that French nouns (unlike their English counterparts) are grammatically designated as masculine or feminine.
"House" in French is feminine -- "la maison."
"Pencil" in French is masculine -- "le crayon."
The top student in the class was puzzled and asked, "What gender is computer?"
The teacher thought a moment and then said that the word "computer" was not in the French dictionary. So for fun, she split her class into two groups appropriately enough, by gender and asked them to decide whether the word "computer" should be a masculine or feminine noun. She said that she would give extra credit to the group which comes up with four valid reasons for their recommendation.
About ten minutes later, the men's group raised their hands. Their appointed leader smiled.
"Computers should definitely be of the feminine gender ("la computer) because
Immediately, the leader of the women's group stood up and nodded proudly to her fellow women group members.
"We strongly feel that computers should be masculine ("le computer"), because
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