Date: Tue, 5 Mar 1996 16:24:26 -0500

From: Ronald Butters amspeech[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ACPUB.DUKE.EDU

Subject: Re: why are ships referred to as she (fwd)

On Tue, 30 Jan 1996, Donald Larmouth wrote:

I suspect that very few possessions are referred to with 'he' (it's

always 'Old Betsy,' never 'Old Bob' or 'Old Fred').

Certain body parts stand as a significant exception to this generalization.