Daily Quick Break: February 1, 2008: Funny Noun Genders in English

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The Washington Post asked readers to assign gender to nouns, like some other languages do, and send in their noun genders and their reason.  here are some of the best submissions:

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.

KIDNEYS – female, because they always go to the bathroom in pairs.

TIRE – male, because it goes bald and often is over-inflated.

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.

SPONGES – female, because they are soft and squeezable and retain water.

WEB PAGE – female, because it is always getting hit on.

SHOE – male, because it is usually unpolished, with its tongue hanging out.

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.

To read the rest, go to: Funny Noun Genders in English

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