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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 '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:

    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 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.


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    Good one!!!

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    hahaha! very good Sarab! thanks for sharing!
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    Excellent! I received this joke in a Power Point in Spanish!

    The reasons to choose the gender of the noun are undeniably true!! Is "computer" bisexual? Jaja.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sarab
    3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term
    memory for possible later retrieval; and
    haha oh wow, thats my favorite line.

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    haha great one, definitely true, each and every line :P

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    hahahah!!!! veryyy good!!

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    i like this part: "They are supposed to help you solve problems, but
    half the time they ARE the problem"

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarab
    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.
    Definitely my favorite!!!

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    i'm agree with Vero.

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