One of the difficult bits of learning Catalan, well I imagine any language with gendered nouns, is not only remembering them, which is hard enough, but sometimes they don't seem to make sense.
Eggs for instance are masculine in Catalan. I cannot think of anything that is more profoundly feminine than an egg, but there it is.
I got a good laugh today, and so did my co-workers, because the word for an arm is masculine, but I cannot get myself to call it, 'el meu braç' that would be a masculine article, el, followed by a masculine possessive adjective, meu, followed by an arm.
Let me tell you, I am a woman, so it seems to me that my arm would be female too. In fact it is, right down to the DNA....and it isn't a 17" pipe for that matter either. Distinctly female looking but masculine it is.
Maybe I should take up weights again and I'll get my head around the idea.