No, this is about inanimate objects, and in particular their gender. I’ve been telling everyone about my new computer, and today a friend asked me whether it was a he or a she. I can’t think of the word for sexing a machine – can you? – and I haven’t turned it (him? her?) upside down yet, so I have no idea. Nor have behavioural idiosyncrasies had a chance to surface, thank goodness. It’s it for now.
But, of course, it got me thinking about cars. Come on, we all sex our cars, don’t we? Just a few:
My blue XR2 Fiesta was obviously called Fiona. She was like Lisbeth Salander. Then came the Renault 19 16v. Sleek, white, coy (she would hide her speedometer from her passenger). Her name was Swift. Felix came next – a bit brash, brave but insecure, Mondeosexual.
My present car and I have no personal relationship. We give each other orders or suggestions, which are followed, acknowledged or rejected, with mutual respect. It’s efficiently functional. Teutonic hermaphrodite. But I do sometimes hanker after an 850cc side valve Morris Minor girl.