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GAwhale posted 03-21-2002 09:41 AM ET (US)   Profile for GAwhale   Send Email to GAwhale  
This is quoted from today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution. I think it's a disgrace to refer to the sleek graceful lines of a boat as "IT". I guess it is now okay to name your boat Frank, Joe, or Bob.

"Ending centuries of seafaring tradition, Lloyd's List, which is one of the world's oldest daily publications, said Wednesday it will no longer refer to ships with the feminine pronoun "she". Lloyd's said in the future it will refer to all vessels as "it". In an editorial, the newspaper said it was time to "bring the paper into line with most other reputable international business titles.""

hauptjm posted 03-21-2002 10:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Wrong, Wrong, Wrong!!! I hate these PC idiots. What has happened to people? Does everyone take themselves so seriously, that they have lost their sense of humor, romance and passion? Regardless, of what Lloyds does, everyone in the industry should ignore their idiotic "bend" to the 3% of the population that has nothing better to do, and continue to refer to their vessels in the feminine tense.

If the theory behind this is that it degrades, minimizes, or whatever, the females of this world, then there is no hope for these idiots. The beauty and grace of sea-going vessels may be the highest compliment ever immortalized. Women are the more graceful and pleasant of the species. If that makes me a Neanderthal, so be it. At least I haven't lost my sense of true place on this Earth.

Sorry for the righteous indignation.

TightPenny posted 03-21-2002 05:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for TightPenny  Send Email to TightPenny     
And the Russians called their boats "he".
North Beach posted 03-21-2002 05:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for North Beach    
Hear hear!
JBCornwell posted 03-21-2002 06:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Wow! That's the greatest passion I have seen from Hauptjm!

He is right on, though. Lloyd's and their ilk can go pee up a rope.

We call our vessels "She" because they are irresistably attractive and we love them.

Of course, they do demand lots of attention and cost lots of money, too. :)

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

des posted 03-21-2002 08:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for des  Send Email to des     
I always remember the Little Rascals' episode where Alfalfa explanes to Darla, "Why Darla, anything of speed, grace, or beauty is refered to in the feminine pronoun." Well, that's probably not exactly the way he said it, but that's the jist of it.
InHerNet posted 03-21-2002 08:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for InHerNet  Send Email to InHerNet     
I would hate to change my boat's name to InItNet. I think with that on the side I would attract the wrong type of fish.
gunnelgrabber posted 03-22-2002 08:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
the other morning early i heard the tail end of what gawhale has reported on the bbc(pbr)... and right at the close they mentioned that "the royal navy didn't intend to change their way of doing things."or words to that,all's not lost,mates!...lm
Duncan posted 03-25-2002 09:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Duncan  Send Email to Duncan     
Hauptjm...couldn't agree more. I hate the PC types. The whole thing really frosts my agates;)

Got to love the radical feminist types who correct you for proper use of English when you use "man" to refer to the human race. I like to bait 'em then remind them that it's called MANkind. Lordy, I love to see the veins bulge out of their necks.

If you keep going on the same thought you might also remind them the "he-slash-she" is just something you might end up with if you get too drunk and stumble into the wrong bar in San Fran. Tell them that "he-slash-she" has no place in the English language as convention dictates since we are MANkind, use of "he" to generically refer to individuals of both sexes is only proper. Now you get the smoke coming from their ears....a nice touch.

Dick posted 03-25-2002 10:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I don't care if is called a she or an it, I still love my Montauk. Her name is Murphy, named after my female English Cocker. I am not going to buy a bi-sexual dog and change the name. I insure with Allstate anyway, I think they still accept she for a boat.
TightPenny posted 03-26-2002 04:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for TightPenny  Send Email to TightPenny     
I don't want to be caught calling something named after my wife an "it".

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