guys != gender neutral

Miles Fidelman mfidelman at meetinghouse.net
Fri Sep 28 15:40:43 UTC 2012


Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu wrote:
> On Fri, 28 Sep 2012 07:43:21 -0400, Miles Fidelman said:
>> Given that this thread started out as a query re. a "really nasty
>> attack," and resulted in:
>> 5 on-topic responses (2 of which also commented on "guys")
>>   >20 responses re. "guys" (I stopped counting)
>> It occurs to me that maybe "morons" or "idiots" might be an appropriate
>> gender-neutral framing.
> I usually use 'critters' for that.  salescritters, congresscritters, trollcritters.

I'm kind of a fan of Greg House on this one. Or Mel Brooks, from Blazing 
Saddles: “They’re common people – the salt of the earth. You know – 
Morons”. :-)

-- 
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is.   .... Yogi Berra




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