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Quoting Carsten Becker <[log in to unmask]>:

> On Friday 03 September 2004 22:47, Steven Williams wrote:
>
>  >  --- Carsten Becker <[log in to unmask]
> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
>  >
>  > > And yes, I'm also using "der", "die" and "das" with
>  > > names
>  > > occassionally.
>  >
>  > Ehh... Just _how_ does one use /das/ with a personal
>  > name? Do I even want to know :-o?
>
> My stupidity, sorry. No, of course you don't use |das| with
> people's names, except when you're 13 or so and want annoy
> a classmate: "Das <insert a boy's name here> ist schwu-hul,
> waahaha!". Boys at the beginning of their puberty usually
> think this would be funny :-/ Please, dear gays, don't feel
> offended!

In high school we had a teacher whose family name was "Eber"; we sometimes
called him "das Eber". Not to suggest homosexuality, however, but inanimacy.

                                                              Andreas