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Why do we always call a motor vehicle or a boat/ship "She" and not "He"?


Hehehe Bulldog. You may be just a little bit right. Just keep that gun away from your 'significant other'.

Spong, Bulldog puts it a lot more delicately.

Appin -- Thank you for a good balance!
60 mths ago

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hahaha - these answers are hilarious!! U guys...! haha. The shortest way to put it is this: Early sailors spoke of their ships in the feminine gender for the close dependence they had on their ships for life and sustenance; - as in with a mother figure - like in "Mother Earth" etc etc etc - the balance as in what Meerkat said!

60 mths ago

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Other languages give gender to objects, and since most of the words we use now have foreign origins I'd imagine that the gender of the object was adapted also...

60 mths ago

Now dont shoot me for this but here goes, maybe its the amount of maintance one has to pay and do on them to keep them happy and chugging along, and if you dont maintain them how much trouble they give ...hhehehehe ;-)

60 mths ago

The exact reason why boats are called she in English is lost to history. While explanations abound, most appear to be of the folk variety, assumed or invented after the fact as a way to make sense of the phenomenon. Boats are a truly interesting case in English, as they are among the only inanimate objects that take a gendered pronoun, whereas most others are called it. Countries are also called she, as are cars sometimes, but the latter example is almost certainly an extension from boats. One plausible theory is that boats are called she because they are traditionally given female names, typically the name of an important woman in the life of the boat's owner, such as his mother. It has also been surmised that all ships were once dedicated to goddesses, and later to important mortal women when belief in goddesses waned. Interestingly, although male captains and sailors historically attributed the spirit of a benevolent female figure to their ships, actual women were considered very bad luck at sea. A second theory as to why boats are called she points to the existence of grammatical gender in most Indo-European languages besides English. While Modern English has hardly any grammatical gender, limited for the most part to cases of natural gender, such as the nouns "woman" and "man" being called she and he respectively, there is evidence that English once has a more extensive system of grammatical gender, similar to that in languages such as German and French. In most Indo-European languages with grammatical gender, the word for "ship" is feminine. In Old English texts, there is more evidence of grammatical gender, such as a shield being called she.

60 mths ago

I think that it started with the English. I call everyting that cannot talk back or move.....hy of hom...of syne

60 mths ago

I believe these vehicles at times can be just as stubborn as women. Although I think it is a damn cheek comparing me to a thing.

60 mths ago

Because they are high maintenance items,requiring regular servicing,lots of polish,parts get replaced now and again,and its good to take it for a high speed ride now and again just to clear the tubes.Can you spot the similiarity between a car and a female?

60 mths ago

Men started the phrase she as they referred to the things they love as she. Mom, car, bike, wife, boat etc.

60 mths ago

Because they can be tempramental, have the capability of causing a lot of trouble and can cost you a lot of money?

60 mths ago

LORD KNOWS

60 mths ago

Nope, I say 'die kar' dont refer to him/her or she/he.

60 mths ago

Because a well-designed one has all the curves in the right places.....

60 mths ago

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