Arlene and two adopted dogs.

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The Spanish computer

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 got a better model.

The women won.


  1. Absolutely spot on Arlene! Laughed my wolfie socks off sitting in my den reading this! So true and so accurate re men!! 🙂

    • Arlene

      I know Wolfie and I thought you ladies would just love and appreciate it, normally I put jokes on the this’n’that site, but this was too good not to share .

  2. this is hilarious! i finally got my subscriptions back after two weeks, and it is good to come visiting again 😉

    • Arlene

      Hi Kirsten I did manage to post a quick comment on your posting this morning. glad to see you back. and enjoying the joke.

  3. Hi Arlene, reading this I totally agree that Computers are Masculine, so I won too!! (Mind you, I describe mine as ‘her’ and ‘she’, so I’m actually a traitor then? 😦 )
    Hugs to you, Tango and Ruby, hope you’re all enjoying the sunshine… xPenx

    • Arlene

      Hi Pen, I don’t know if I’ve got a gender for my computer, it’s just the ‘thing’ that takes up too much time, but when I do dwell on it it’s a box of toys,idea,knowledge and most of all friends.
      I’m going to put up a quick blog before I go out. Love to you from us three, actually 4 as I’ve got Barney for a week. XX

  4. Glad the woman won..

    • Arlene

      I should jolly well think she would Lady J.

  5. Curiosity abounds

    Brilliant and absolutely right!

    • That was quick Anne. thanks,good one eh?

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