This Day in History Entry #196

November 7th, 2012 by Wordsman

In the wind, she would flutter a ton
Some may even have thought it looked fun
But poor Galloping Gertie
Never made it to thirty
Nor twenty, nor fifteen, nor one

Event: The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge (nicknamed Galloping Gertie) collapses
Year: 1940
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  1. Flamingo's heart Says:

    I am curious about why a bridge is called “she”, not “he”. Also, how to determine the gender of an object when you write??

  2. Wordsman Says:

    Well, Gertie is a girl’s name (though a fairly old-fashioned one).

    Typically, men refer to to objects as “she” when they want to deal with them in a somewhat romantic way. I’m not sure under what circumstances an object would regularly be referred to as “he.”

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