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  • Members of the female noun class in the Australian language Dyirbal, and the title of a book by George Lakoff.

    December 5, 2008

  • Ah, fine. I already did my swooning over on turquoise :)

    December 5, 2008

  • Hmmmm, that could be a could game. Pick three nouns that have the same gender in any given language and lump them together. Fascinating for English speakers. e.g. (in Italian)

    Men: watermelons, cinemas and earthquakes

    Women: lies, wheels and public fountains

    Trannies*: fingers, walls and bedsheets

    * there are some nouns that change gender between singular and plural

    December 5, 2008

  • German -

    Tasmanian devils, cheeses, and spoons

    Opossums*, bananas, and forks,

    Kangaroos, eggs, and knives

    'Beutelratte'; not 'opossum'

    December 7, 2008