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Re: [ot] Linux gender in French

On Sun, Nov 02, 2003 at 09:56:30AM -0600, Hugo Vanwoerkom wrote:
> Christophe Courtois wrote:
> >Le Dimanche 2 Novembre 2003 03:42, Wesley J Landaker a déclamé :
> >
> >>Then again, as I said, I'm not
> >>a native French speaker, and although I've got *fairly* good inuition
> >>into a word's gender, I still make mistakes! ;)
> >
> >
> > Don't worry, even French people don't always know all genders :-)
> >
> True, but having lived in Mexico for the last 10 years and speaking 
> Spanish, I note with regret that genders are "built-in" and if you come 
> from a more or less genderless background (the Netherlands, US) then you 
> never get it: it just refuses to become automatic.

With all due respect, it isn't the most impressive cultural attribute 
I've ever encountered.  It shows some cultural linkage with Americans -- 
we do lots of (dumb) stuff "just because" too :-)

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