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Help with a serious question.

Postby CindyAbbott » Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:27 pm

Okay, I know how this could go straight away but I am going to try and get the "real" answer to this question and the source of the answer (if known).

Here goes - control yourselves:

Why are mountains referred to as being female?

Example: Ships are referred to as being female.

Fire away, but I really would like the historic answer.
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Re: Help with a serious question.

Postby James_W » Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:39 pm

I wonder how mount Sir Sandford, Sir Donald, Robson and many others feel about your question.
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Postby goldenhopper » Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:47 pm

I'm not so sure that they always are. At least I don't refer to all mountains as she, particularly when the mountain is named after a man. I have always referred to Mount Agassiz in the Sierra as "him", but most of the time I refer to mountains as "it". I don't know why... am I wrong?
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Re: Help with a serious question.

Postby goldenhopper » Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:48 pm

Fletch wrote:
CindyAbbott wrote:Why are mountains referred to as being female?


Cold and unforgiving.


:wink: :lol:
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Postby kevin trieu » Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:55 pm

CindyAbbott wrote:
Why are mountains referred to as being female?



you always try hard to get up it but will always go down.
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Postby CindyAbbott » Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:00 pm

Well, I have finshed a climbed and thought (or said) she was a real b------

But seriously, is it based on the name on the mountain? Or, if not named, they are considered female (as boats and ships - which I have no idea why - but they are)?
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Postby CindyAbbott » Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:03 pm

FortMental wrote:beautiful and aloof....



I like it!
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Postby goldenhopper » Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:10 pm

CindyAbbott wrote:Well, I have finshed a climbed and thought (or said) she was a real b------

But seriously, is it based on the name on the mountain? Or, if not named, they are considered female (as boats and ships - which I have no idea why - but they are)?


My brothers and I own a boat named the "Eh De Lemne" which was a sort of stutter my dad did at the beginning of most sentences. We figured since hurricanes are no longer solely female it was time to break with that tradition in boats as well.

Only she can be a B----. If the mountain was a mother f-----, then it was a he. :wink:

Why are we not cussing btw?
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Postby MoapaPk » Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:35 pm

I must have been living in a different universe. I don't recall hearing mountains described as feminine, and there are few outwardly feminine names (e.g. La Madre) that I remember. If anything, female names seem underrepresented, as many were given the last names of men. Maybe this gender-identification is more common in the Himalayas?
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Postby CindyAbbott » Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:37 pm

NancyHands wrote:
CindyAbbott wrote:Only she can be a B----. If the mountain was a mother f-----, then it was a he. :wink:

Why are we not cussing btw?


Ok, you all are killing me :lol:

So is it a myth?
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