tungemål wrote:Interesting that all these words for "woman" are neuter:
Dazu passt das Essay "The Awful German Language
" von Mark Twain.
Mark Twain wrote:Every noun has a gender, and there is no sense or system in distribution; so the gender of each must be learned separately and by heart. There is no other way. To do this one has to have a memory like a memorandum-book. In German, a young lady has no sex, while a turnip has. Think what overwrought reverence that shows for the turnip, and what callous disrespect for the girl.