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Quite clearly, the navals in Dragon Fruit come from their parents, Dragon Boats.
And I'd like to point out that "gender" is a term applied only to language and can be masculine, feminine or neutral (he, she, it). When discussing if a person is a bloke or a shiela then the discussion is about their "sex". (Younger Fforumites should ignore that last word, it means, er... a type of biscuit; yes! That's it... biscuits! whew.)
Grammatical gender applies to language, gender can be applied to electrical connections as well as people. I agree that nowadays it is almost exclusively used as a polite synonym for..... a type of biscuit, but that does not necessarily mean that such use is wrong, just limiting.
And traditionally the Swiss are neutral.
My computer beat me at chess, but I won at kickboxing
SO the Swiss all belong to the same biscuit? There are no boy and girl Swiss, they are all it Swiss - so how come they used to call Martina Hingis "The Swiss Miss"? Or have I missed the point somewhere.
It all involved a Swiss roll, (which is closer to a Jaffa cake than a biscuit) I believe.
I suppose that being neutral must define their gender, not their biscuits. Of course I may have got that bit wrong in which case one or more of their languages and they are in fact war-like. Perhaps the Swiss Guard in the Vatican in an expiditionary force? To all intents, poor little Lichenstein has already been annexed by the Swiss
I don't know much about Jaffa cakes, having never eaten one - the combination just seems... wrong... to me; but chocolate coated chips sound okay. Nothing beats a chip sandwich, except maybe a scallop sandwich (Australian Mexicans call scallops 'potato cakes', the schlemiels).
Geg! The OED? Phhht! The Macquarie (genuflects), notes "colloq" for its listing of 'gender' (from the latin 'genus' - race, type, sort) when applied to biscuits. Decent folk look down their schnozzes at riff raff who use colloquialisms.
The Macquarie is superior to Webster's in that you can lift it. I have a 1940 Websters (not morocco bound) and it is the size of a decent breeze block.
I am actually using it at present to hold the 28" tv which has lost a leg.
But Skids is right. When a self proclaimed expert makes a mistake in a simple thing about which you know to be different then it casts doubt on the expert's reliability on matters about which you do not know.
When a self proclaimed expert
> makes a mistake in a simple thing about which you
> know to be different then it casts doubt on the
> expert's reliability on matters about which you do
> not know.
That is why I stopped subscribing to "Which" magazine
Is wondering how much time to spend trawling fforum for use of colloquialisms by robert. But is too struck by the thought that anybody has managed to go through life without eating a jaffa cake to be able to concentrate properly.