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#35561 - 03/14/04 07:05 AM Pick one :)
George Corron Offline

Registered: 05/16/01
Posts: 728
Loc: Lorton, Va USA
Considering the nature of this site, kinda figured ya'd get a chuckle out of this.

Naming the computer

An English teacher was explaining to his students the concept of gender association in the English language. He noted how hurricanes at one time were given only female names, and how ships and planes were usually referred to as "she." One of the students raised her hand and asked, "What gender is a computer?"

The teacher wasn't certain. So he divided the class into two groups: males in one, females in the other, and asked them to decide if a computer should be masculine or feminine. Both groups were asked to give four reasons for their recommendations.

The group of women concluded that computers should be referred to as masculine because:
1. In order to get their attention, you have to turn them on.
2. They have a lot of data but are still clueless.
3. They are supposed to help you solve your problems, but half the time, they ARE the problem.
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that, if you had waited a little longer, you could have had a better model.

The men, on the other hand, decided that computers should definitely be referred to as feminine 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 your smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for later retrieval.
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck
on accessories for it.

So which is it????

[This message has been edited by George Corron (edited 03-14-2004).]

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#35562 - 03/14/04 04:07 PM Re: Pick one :)
Bill Addiss Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA

My Computer has been generally stable for awhile now so I'm not sayin' nuttin'.....

(knocking on wood)

#35563 - 03/14/04 06:47 PM Re: Pick one :)
The Watt Doctor Offline

Registered: 12/23/01
Posts: 443
Loc: Mont Belvieu, TX
My computer's name is the Pat on SNL...happy guessing.
Good to see you Master George. Speaking of women, I always get the last word with my wife.

Yes Dear,

[This message has been edited by The Watt Doctor (edited 03-14-2004).]
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#35564 - 03/15/04 04:18 AM Re: Pick one :)
rowdyrudy Offline

Registered: 11/02/02
Posts: 171
Loc: Mascoutah, IL USA
As my wife said to me a long time ago, "I know I have faults, being wrong is not one of them".

#35565 - 03/15/04 05:24 AM Re: Pick one :)
Attic Rat Offline

Registered: 12/14/03
Posts: 530
Loc: Bergen Co.,N.J. USA
That was good,George, I like that...LOL

I guess mine is a he,....and his name is "HAL"...from 2001 Space Odyssey,...just as quirky too...If you look at it wrong, it messes up...
.."if it ain't fixed,don't break a Licensed Electrician"

#35566 - 03/17/04 07:41 AM Re: Pick one :)
BuggabooBren Offline

Registered: 11/15/01
Posts: 336
Loc: NM
A friend of ours named his "Betty, the box-headed witch" (or something similar) as an homage to the similarities between the slow and irascible behavior of his computer and his ex-wife.

I don't think we've named ours and it behaves pretty well so... it must be an easy-going guy.

#35567 - 03/20/04 01:08 PM Re: Pick one :)
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
That's a good one George!.
Well, during the time that my system here was playing up, it came in to being called all sorts of nasty names.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

#35568 - 03/20/04 10:54 PM Re: Pick one :)
Scott35 Offline

Broom Pusher and

Registered: 10/19/00
Posts: 2724
Loc: Anaheim, CA. USA
Being that my Machines are from another Planet - possibly another Galaxy, I am unsure to which Gender they might be!

(see: *** ECN Chat Today *** Thread for more details).

I do know this - "Blue" is currently their favorite color! (Blue Background, White Text).

Scott " 35 " Thompson
Just Say NO To Green Eggs And Ham!

#35569 - 03/21/04 12:20 PM Re: Pick one :)
electure Offline


Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 4226
Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
Spanish= La Computadora
Definitely feminine.

#35570 - 03/22/04 04:08 AM Re: Pick one :)
PCBelarge Offline

Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 657
Loc: Dobbs Ferry, NY, USA
The one very important difference between my computer and my wife - I can turn the computer off!!!!

Actually my wife is very understanding.

Pierre Belarge

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