Why do people refer to their clocks as "she"?

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  1. rmarkowitz1_cee4a1

    rmarkowitz1_cee4a1 Registered User
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    I've noticed that many refer to their clocks as "she", eg, "she run real good" or "she's a good time keeper", etc.

    I realize that it is an old fashioned convention to refer to many types of inanimate objects as "she". Including cars, clock, watches.

    However, maybe it's time to give it up? I think it really shows our age.

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  2. novicetimekeeper

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    I refer to them by their signatures, but I always refer to ships as she. English doesn't have gendered definitive articles unlike most other European languages, but those that do refer to those sort of things as female.

    Edit> Actually, thinking about it the French use Le for ships.
     
  3. rmarkowitz1_cee4a1

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    Good points!

    I forgot about the ship thing, too.

    I guess I just find it a bit dated?

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    I think of most of my older time pieces as Old Guys or old fellows. But if it has a specially feminine design, I would call it a she...
     
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    I have called my clocks many things
    She is not one of them
     
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    #6 Chris Radano, Jan 29, 2017
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    If you look at clocks on Ebay France, You notice some of the French sellers refer to their clocks as "she".

    So, an answer to the original question might be, that light, delicate, smaller clocks (such as French movements) are "she". Big, robust clocks are "guys".

    Or, if a clock is "sweet": as defined "pleasing in general; delightful", then the clock is a "she".

    In other words, the clock has the characteristics of an idealized woman.
     
  7. Les harland

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    Everything is either masculine or femininine in the French language
    Henc e the word for "the" is either Le or La
    The masculine being Le
    I do not have the foggiest idea why clocks became feminine
     
  8. JTD

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    Probably because it's la pendule. (But beware, le pendule is just the pendulum).

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    The Clock Chronicles: Chapter 7, Part 46.

    The director looked quite worried. He scrambled around his office to prepare for a rather lengthy business meeting.
    "Oh dear, she's late!" he grumbled. Just two minutes before the scheduled meeting was to begin, nothing seemed to improve. "She'll never be on time." he fumes. At this rate, he decided it was best to anticipate the worst.
    "Who" asked a passing janitor "is she?" The director looked annoyed. "She's right up there, on the wall. Can't you see?" And the director pointed to a large, ornate Viennese regulator which had been running just a minute late. "She's... quite a work." mumbled the janitor, completely unfazed by the clock's presence. To him it was just another piece of machinery, out of date and due for replacement with one of those new-dangled clocks that runs on fermented granola fumes. But to the director, it was something more... It was something with character and life, machine and manufactured it may be! Nothing those hideous modern clocks with their rotten granola fumes could ever achieve.


    o:)
     
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    Perhaps it's because they're pretty.
     
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    Very beautiful on the outside, but get inside and they are unpredictable and often cranky... :argument:
     
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    If they chime, and strike I refer to them as "she". The silent ones I refer to as "he"
     
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    Best not to keep wind them too tight.

    My wife is French, and she tells me all clocks are feminine. She has no idea why.

    I am not French, so call 'em as I see 'em.
     
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    Women have too many moving parts that are difficult for anyone to figure out...and when they think they have it correct it still does not seem right...how many rows of books about self help for women at the book store...many.

    Same books for men...One shelf...
     
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    RE "I have called my clocks many things She is not one of them"

    Nice, I've called my wife many things and clock isn't one of them.

     
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    All atmos are female.
     
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    Don't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things (Red Green)
     

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