- Ships are related to as “she’s” because (first of all) the word for ship in most Indo-European languages with grammatical gender is feminine.
- Sailors call their ships a “she” because the amount of time they spend on the ship is akin to marriage..Divorce rates are subsequently higher among sailors for this reason
- To the sailor, the ship is his feminine companion that he loves, lives, and cares for.
- Also the saying, “Respect a ship like you would a lady” may have had some influence in ship gender choice
- Mother Nature-”she”-sailors depend upon good relations with her (relate her to the ship)
- The earliest Proto-Indo-European language had two genders (animate and inanimate) and the animate later split into masculine and feminine (inanimate-neuter)
- All languages come from one parent family (mother)–common descent–German (mother)–English (daughter)
- French and Italian, which are 89% similar, are called sister languages
- Origins of femininity-Most likely similar to ships, in that since primary users were mostly male, referring to language as female was more appealing to them
- Modern English that we speak today is considered to be gender-neutral and there have been calls to simply refer to the language as “it”
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