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May 19, 2010 / theoldsilly

Hilarious Hump Day – Computer Gender?

Today’s mid-week jocularity comes courtesy of Terri Dryden, a new author on the block and fun gal with a great sense of humor. Enjoy and smile this morning…


A Spanish teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.

“House,” she said, “for instance, is feminine: ‘la Casa.’ ‘Pencil,’ however, is masculine: ‘el lapiz.’”

A student raised his hand and said, “What gender is ‘computer’, then?”

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.

The women won.


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  1. unwriter1 / May 19 2010 4:48 am

    I’ve read this before but it’s always good. Nice way to start the midweek day.

  2. Elizabeth Spann Craig / May 19 2010 4:58 am

    Good one this morning, Marvin. 🙂 Thanks for giving me a Wednesday morning smile.

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  3. Will Burke / May 19 2010 6:32 am

    That was great! Everyone should read this!

  4. Terri Dryden / May 19 2010 8:29 am

    I don’t care how many times I read this I get tickled!!!!
    Thanks so much for the kind words!!!

  5. Karen Walker / May 19 2010 9:30 am

    I have never seen this before and it actually made me laugh out loud, something I almost never do. Thank you.

  6. tashabud / May 19 2010 10:14 am

    Tee hee, hee, hee. “In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on.” Ha! Ha! Ha!. Ha!. Hee, hee, hee, hee. Oh, my goodness. I can’t stop laughing. My tears are even flowing. Wooh. Got to get a hold of myself.

    Thanks, Marvin. I needed that this morning.


  7. Dani / May 19 2010 11:14 am

    I’ve read this one so many times over the past few years, it sill makes me giggle.

    *omg….I finally got on here? Dude…like…wow…*


  8. Barbra Kelser / May 19 2010 11:27 am

    Never saw this one before, and oh. my. god … hysterical and so true dat! 🙂

  9. Alex J. Cavanaugh / May 19 2010 2:15 pm


  10. Stephen Tremp / May 19 2010 3:07 pm

    That’s pretty darn funny. i remember seeing a joke about a man’s keyboard. It had only two keys on it, one for sports and one for porn.

    Stephen Tremp

  11. Leeuna / May 19 2010 3:43 pm

    hahahha. I’m sorry, Marvin, but I’ll have to agree with the women on this one. Hilarious. Thanks for the Wednesday giggle. 🙂

  12. L. Diane Wolfe / May 19 2010 4:47 pm

    That’s right!

  13. ReformingGeek / May 19 2010 7:23 pm

    Ha! That’s great.

  14. Mason Canyon / May 19 2010 7:33 pm

    Love that. Just nature for women to win. 🙂

    Thoughts in Progress

  15. Kissie / May 20 2010 6:09 am

    #3 for both – good ones!

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