English designated things as either male or female

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Doglips, Oct 14, 2002.

  1. Doglips

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    Many Romance Languages (Italian, Spanish, French) give even inanimate objects a gender. In French, for example, this determines whether you use “laâ€￾ or “le in front of the noun. If English designated things as either male or female, here are a few of our recommendations...

    COPIER: Female, because once turned off, it takes a while to warm up. Because it is an effective reproductive device when the right buttons are pushed. Because it can wreak havoc when the wrong buttons are pushed.

    HAMMER: Male, because it hasn't evolved much over the last 5,000 years, but it's handy to have around.

    HOT AIR BALLOON: Male, because to get it to go anywhere you have to light a fire under it... and, of course, there's the hot air part.

    HOURGLASS: Female, because over time, the weight shifts to the bottom.

    KIDNEYS: Female, because they always go to the bathroom in pairs.

    REMOTE CONTROL: Female... Ha! You thought I'd say male. But consider … it gives a man pleasure. He'd be lost without it. Lastly while he doesn't always know the right buttons to push, he keeps trying.

    SHOES: Male, because it is usually unpolished, with its tongue hanging out.

    SPONGES: Female, because they are soft and squeezable and retain water.

    SUBWAY: Male, because it uses the same old lines to pick people up.

    SWISS ARMY KNIFE: Male, because even though it appears useful for a wide variety of work, it spends most of its time just opening bottles.

    TIRES: Male, because it goes bald and often is over inflated.

    WEB PAGE: Female, because it is always getting hit on.

    ZIPLOC BAGS: Male, because they hold everything in, but you can always see right through them.