Date: Thu, 11 Aug 1994 18:02:52 -0500
From: Daniel S Goodman dsg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAROON.TC.UMN.EDU
Subject: Re: your male type cats
On Thu, 11 Aug 1994, Allen Maberry wrote:
I remember being taught (in Oregon 1950-60s) that cats were refered to
as "she" if their gender was uncertain. Ships and a few other things were
invariably "she", as was almost any vehicle in the stock phrase "She's a
Growing up in the '50's in Ulster County NY, I learned from my father that
tractors and other machinery were female -- unless they behaved very
badly, in which case they became male (as in "you son of a bitch.")
Note: In the original Star Trek, it was "Her mission: to go boldly...."
In Star Trek: The Next Generation (aka ST Jr), this becomes "Its mission...."
Dan Goodman dsg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]maroon.tc.umn.edu