David Sedaris describes his problems with learning French:
‘Of all the stumbling blocks inherent in learning this language, the greatest for me is the principle that each noun has a corresponding sex that affects both its articles and its advjectives.
Because it is a female and lays eggs, a chicken is masculine. Vagina is masculine as well, while the word masculinity is feminine. Forced by the grammar to take a stand one way or the other, hermaphrodite is male and indecisiveness female.’
(David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day)
— From London (via Vienna).