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originally posted by: Sublimecraft
a reply to: Marcus069
I am a merchant seafarer and as a consequence tradition suggests that a ship "is nearer and dearer to the sailor than anyone except his mother." and for that reason is referred to as a "her" or "she".
I also use the same terminology when referring to countries' and her citizens - for me, it does indeed roll off the tongue easier in conversation.
originally posted by: Marcus069
Why does everyone refer to their country as a "she"? I have heard people use it when talking about Israel, America, Russia stating phrases like. "her army is strong," or "she has won her freedom." Does anybody ever use masculine form for any country?