Just a light thread… In many languages other than English, a grammatical gender is assigned to inanimate objects. Grammatical gender is a way of categorizing nouns. Languages have different ways of assigning gender to nouns. Some go by the real or perceived physical appearance, some categorize based on the ending sound of the noun. Here’s what Mark Twain said about German: "A person’s mouth, neck, bosom, elbows, fingers, nails, feet, and body are of the male sex, and his head is male or neuter according to the word selected to signify it, and not according to the sex of the individual who wears it! A person’s nose, lips, shoulders, breast, hands, and toes are of the female sex; and his hair, ears, eyes, chin, legs, knees, heart, and conscience haven’t any sex at all…" In Hindi: Masculine: bulb, computer, bed (bistar), cloth (kapda), food (khana), house (ghar), water (paani) Feminine: Matches (maachis), wall (deevar), gun (bandook), trousers (pent, pataloon), air (hawa). Looks like other Indian languages are about evenly distributed - some assign the masculine or feminine gender to inanimate things and others use a neutral gender. .