Letter: La toothbrush

Sir: Paul Handley is "not in the habit of allotting a gender to inanimate things" such as his toothbrush ("Sexing the soul", 18 May).

He is fortunate, since in almost any other language he would be forced to do so.

WILLIAM DOUGLAS

Laboratoire des Organometalliques,

Universite Montpellier II

Montpellier

France

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