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R: Re: gender in English

From:Mangiat <mangiat@...>
Date:Thursday, September 7, 2000, 18:46
Nik wrote:

> "SMITH,MARCUS ANTHONY" wrote: > > Another point to think about: the gender we typically assign to > > personifications and anthropomophisms often corresponds to the Old
> > gender. > > But not always, _scip_ was a neuter noun, yet is often referred to as > "she" in English. > > Now, the $64,000 question - how did "ship" come to be feminized?
Because ships always have maidens' names? Luca