At lunch yesterday, MH asked me if there were any male teachers in his school district.
"No," I replied. "There are only women."
"So that means they are maîtresses and not maîtres."
"Yeah," I said off handedly as I cleaned off the table.
He sat there for a second and then started laughing.
"You know, Mom, French is hilarious! You could have 5000 women and then throw in just one guy and TA-DA, we'd say maîtres and not maîtresses. Just throw in one thing male and we win! We are so strong, us men!"
5000 women and just one man and in French the phrase becomes masculine.
Eight years on and I'm still having trouble with this one.