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    car and she

    I wonder if cars take the female gender in American English just as ships in GB
    My car and her wheels?
    Is it true ?

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    Re: car and she

    Every man I've ever met has referred to his automobile as "she."

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    Re: car and she

    I can't resist..has every woman you have met done the same?
    Generally, I would say that if a person has a "relationship" with his or her vehicle or boat, it is referred to as a "she" here in NA. However, in every day life, cars and boats are "it". I can never imagine myself stroking the side of the Queen of Esquimalt (B.C. Ferry) and calling her my own

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    Re: car and she

    Quote Originally Posted by fiona bramble View Post
    I can't resist..has every woman you have met done the same?
    Generally, I would say that if a person has a "relationship" with his or her vehicle or boat, it is referred to as a "she" here in NA. However, in every day life, cars and boats are "it". I can never imagine myself stroking the side of the Queen of Esquimalt (B.C. Ferry) and calling her my own

    Hee hee...no, most women I know just think of their cars as transportation. They don't get emotionally involved like men. My husband never lovingly caresses my bumpers or worries about my mileage.

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    #5

    Re: car and she

    I guess there is some feministic issue behind that basically linguistic topic. I will not mention History lest It might trigger a formidable ire. Sorry if I have upset someone !

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