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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_in_English

A system of grammatical gender, whereby every noun was treated as either masculine, feminine or neuter, existed in Old English, but fell out of use during the Middle English period. Modern English retains features relating to natural gender, namely the use of certain nouns and pronouns (such as he and she) to refer ... used when referring to ships (and more uncommonly some airplanes and  ...

english.stackexchange.com/questions/46807/what-is-the-gender-of-an-aircraft

Oct 31, 2011 ... If one were to decide to infer gender onto an aircraft, female would be the obvious ... Aircraft are usually referred to as "she", just like ships.

english.stackexchange.com/questions/12632/is-it-a-good-practice-to-refer-to-countries-ships-etc-using-the-feminine-form

Feb 14, 2011 ... "Her economy" - while referring to a country's economy "Her flag (or deck ... Finally the naval officer explained that ships are referred to as "she", ...

www.glossophilia.org/?p=1411

Mar 30, 2013 ... “A ship is called a she because there is always a great deal of bustle around her; there ... “Ships are referred to as 'she' because men love them, but this ... If an aircraft carrier, she will look in a mirror when about to be arrested, ...

www.boatsafe.com/kids/kidsquesshe.htm

Connie asks: I am trying to find out why boats are always referred to as the female gender.. When and why did this practice start? According to Yarns of the Sea, ...

www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=670509

Maybe it's because only men operated first ships, then a/cs. Anyway, I am a girl ... In French they are also referred to as "she". In Turkish we do ...

answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080412014750AABkIJO

It depends on the culture and on the contents of the person's subconscious. In my language (Spanish), most nouns are gendered: a table is ...

www.newyorker.com/magazine/2002/04/08/pronoun-overboard

Apr 8, 2002 ... Ships have been female in English since at least 1375, according to ... on the decommissioning of a Falklands War aircraft carrier and refer to ...

www.theguardian.com/notesandqueries/query/0,5753,-15935,00.html

Ships are frequently or even usually female, but not always. In particular, in the ... The interviewer persistently referred to the vessel as "she". The pilot just as ...

www.funtrivia.com/askft/Question83899.html

Jul 28, 2007 ... Why are boats considered as females - trivia question /questions answer ... or a nuclear submarine, a ship is always referred to as "she."