The gender of computer

Humorous stories from the lab. What were your biggest mistakes that you can now laugh about? (Keep it clean!!)

Moderators: Andrew Wiecek, Suzanne

The gender of computer

Postby relaxin » Dec 17 2014 11:30 am

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 boys’ group decided that '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 mistake is 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 girls’ group, however, concluded that 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 that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.

The girls won.
Retired academic researcher. Mention of a specific product does not imply my endorsement of the product. No conflict of interest or guarantee to work on the advice given. Do as I say, not as I do. Not liable to the loss of your valuable samples.
relaxin
PI of Posters
PI of Posters
 
Posts: 7148
Joined: Jan 11 2006 12:40 pm
Location: Mauna Kea

Re: The gender of computer

Postby JaneJ » Feb 01 2016 12:46 am

That's funny. Very thorough analysis for the other gender :D :D :D
JaneJ
technician-in-training
technician-in-training
 
Posts: 10
Joined: Jan 28 2016 3:27 am

Re: The gender of computer

Postby SheilaRNA » Mar 04 2016 4:21 am

:lol: definitely I agree
SheilaRNA
newcomer
newcomer
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Mar 03 2016 2:24 pm

Re: The gender of computer

Postby claireit » Aug 12 2016 6:29 am

girls won..I guess a Spanish teacher was a she :D :D
claireit
newcomer
newcomer
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Aug 11 2016 10:26 am

Re: The gender of computer

Postby aimeusdietger » Mar 03 2017 2:26 am

relaxin wrote: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 boys’ group decided that '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 mistake is 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 girls’ group, however, concluded that 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 that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.

The girls won.


Haha that's a good one. I would have also said female because of the multitasking feature since women are known to have high multitasking abilities.....but clearly, the girls had a better analysis!
aimeusdietger
newcomer
newcomer
 
Posts: 1
Joined: Mar 03 2017 1:56 am


Return to Humor in Science

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

cron