<Sundance> I am, among other things, on a forum where some French speakers are trying to teach French to Americans.
<Sundance> The other day, a question was posed to us.
<Sundance> Is it necessary to say “Of all bats, Batman is the (masculine) best” or “Of all bats, Batman is the (feminine) best”? [Note: The French word for bat, chauve-souris, is feminine, and French grammar almost always demands gender agreement.]
<Sundance> Because, well…femininity and Batman, heh… they go together like “social justice” and “Claude Guéant”.
<Sundance> In order to resolve this tricky problem, I had an idea.
<Sundance> I mailed the French Academy [the legal and official authority on the French language] to ask.
<Sundance> …and I just got a response. :>
<Sundance> I quote:
<Sundance> One uses “the best (feminine)”. This grammatical necessity does not at all affect the masculinity of the Batman (nor, indeed, of his relations, more or less platonic, with Robin).
WHAT. I thought I was supposed to sorta despise the Academy on principle. But now…
My boyfriend and I were getting ready to go out. I was applying makeup, and getting frustrated at my foundation’s lack of quality. I bought a fairly cheap brand trying to save money, but it turned out to be a waste of any money. The foundation didn’t blend well, it transferred easily and wore off…