guys != gender neutral

Eric Wieling EWieling at
Thu Sep 27 19:42:12 UTC 2012

Since we all know that on the Internet "the men are men, the women are men, and the children are FBI agents", I think saying "guys" is OK.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jay Ashworth [mailto:jra at] 
Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2012 3:39 PM
Subject: Re: guys != gender neutral

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Owen DeLong" <owen at>

> When did "people" stop being an acceptable gender-neutral substitute 
> for {guys,gals}?

As a form of address.  "Hey, people" is ... well, nearly abrasive.  (Envision a waitron walking up to a mixed table of 10.)

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