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Why Is a Ship Called: "She"? :-)

Discussion in 'Boat Electronics' started by Usenet Joe, Nov 4, 2005.

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  1. Boots

    Boots Guest

    because back in the old days of sailing ships they were
    named after wife's and or girl friends
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  2. Bil

    Bil Guest

    Good catch. Few East Asian languages discriminate between he, she and
    it.

    Zheng He, the admiral in charge of Chinese fleets sailing from China
    to Ceylon and East Africa before the European voyages of discovery,
    likely communicated in classical Chinese and a language not too
    dissimilar to modern standard Chinese - neither language discriminate
    between the masculine, feminine, and neuter third person pronouns.

    The modern descendants of the Bugis, operating what many claim was the
    biggest sail fleet (in terms of the number of hulls) of all time, can
    discriminate between it and he/she (but not between he and she without
    adding additional qualifiers) but the difference is subtle. They and
    other Malays tend to avoid third person pronouns (preferring to talk
    about 'your boat', 'my boat', 'Intan's boat') but I think they use
    'it' for a boat when context demands it. I'll try to be more attentive
    to confirm that.

    Cheers
     
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