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Is Windows a gender?


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#1 FuzzyPadUTA

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 07:34 AM

 Is windows a gender



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Posted 10 September 2017 - 07:40 AM

Please ask a sensible question if you need assistance.


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#3 mikey11

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 08:25 AM

Great first post! :rolleyes:     :whistle:     :scratchhead:



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Posted 10 September 2017 - 09:59 AM

Etymologically, a system of grammatical gender, whereby every noun was treated as either masculine, feminine or neuter, existed in Old English, but fell out of use during the Middle English period. In most other languages, if I'm not mistaken, the noun 'window' and its plural form 'Windows' is of masculine gender.

As an extension of Microsoft and thus its founders, I have found no correlation between the gender of either Bill Gates's, Paul Allen's or Steve Ballmer's first child in order to extend that characteristic to Windows. In fact, Gates first had a daughter, Allen has no children, Ballmer has only boys.

Philosophically, one could argue that Windows, both the OS and the object, provides you with a world of new information when opened, much like a mother brings a child to life, so it could mean that Windows is a female.

Lastly, the new personal assistant that comes with Windows 10 is named Cortana, which is a woman's name, so it could signify that Windows as a whole is one as well.:)



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Posted 10 September 2017 - 10:51 AM

Etymologically, a system of grammatical gender, whereby every noun was treated as either masculine, feminine or neuter, existed in Old English, but fell out of use during the Middle English period. In most other languages, if I'm not mistaken, the noun 'window' and its plural form 'Windows' is of masculine gender.

As an extension of Microsoft and thus its founders, I have found no correlation between the gender of either Bill Gates's, Paul Allen's or Steve Ballmer's first child in order to extend that characteristic to Windows. In fact, Gates first had a daughter, Allen has no children, Ballmer has only boys.

Philosophically, one could argue that Windows, both the OS and the object, provides you with a world of new information when opened, much like a mother brings a child to life, so it could mean that Windows is a female.

Lastly, the new personal assistant that comes with Windows 10 is named Cortana, which is a woman's name, so it could signify that Windows as a whole is one as well. :)

 

 

Wow. I am so impressed by this thoughtful post. Thank you for a little bit of philosophy to start my day.


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Posted 10 September 2017 - 10:53 AM

 Is windows a gender

 

 

If Windows is a gender, then Linux is a gender bender.


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Posted 10 September 2017 - 11:08 AM

Microsoft Bob would be male. 

 

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 12:50 PM

Lol! To turn a coin, Mac is a Scottish or Irish patronymic which designates 'son of'', hence masculine. Being done with Windows (won't wash them either) our next computer will be of that gender. :)
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Posted 10 September 2017 - 03:55 PM

JOQ pointed out that gender sensitive nouns fell out of use in English, except for the most obvious ones, sometime in the Middle English period. Perhaps this was as a small compensation for the renowned irregularities of English spelling !

 

However this topic is better suited to 'General chat'. So moved !

 

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Edited by Chris Cosgrove, 10 September 2017 - 03:56 PM.


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Posted 10 September 2017 - 03:56 PM

as a carbon-based life form, I have the right to know if the Microsoft Windows Operating System is a gender or not



#11 r.a.d.

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 04:46 PM

Find out and let us know:

https://gethuman.com/phone-number/Microsoft-Windows
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