Guys (or not as the case may be)

 
  davesvline Chief Commissioner

Location: 1983-1998
Im just wondering, as it seems it's becoming increasingly commonplace.

When did the term "Guys" become gender neutral??

Im all for gender equality, but please get your own group collective name and stick to it. DONT steal ours. Nothing irks me more than the mrs girlfriends all in a group yapping happily when another of them turns up and says "Hi Guys". Shocked. I'm sorry, penis check - yep, there's NO GUYS in your group. But they say it anyway.

What were they called before chicks stole our group collective name? Seemingly its tainted, because everyone's a "Guy" now, that no one would remember what a group of chicks / girls / god forbid ladies, or even a mixed gender group was referred to.

And the blokes have all hapilly gone along with it, as they're saying it too. Anyone else noticed this??

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  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
What were they called before chicks stole our group collective name?
davesvline

I'll go for "ladies". Can't use that anymore because there are so few these days (just like "gentlemen", I'm not sexist).
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
No danglies might be a better term for them to use, but that might sound sexist! Laughing
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

I have no idea why anybody in Australia uses the term GUYS at all. It's an Americanism.  If you want a term for your male mates, it simple - BLOKES.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
Sheilas?
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
I have no idea why anybody in Australia uses the term GUYS at all. It's an Americanism.
duttonbay

As also BUDDY.


If you want a term for your male mates, it simple - BLOKES.
duttonbay

And the form of address is MATE.
  sydnytrains Chief Commissioner

Location: McDonalds Front counter serving customers
If I am addressing a group of multisex people, I usually regard them as "everyone" or "all". E.g. (My greeting at work) "Hey all!" or "Hey everyone" (the latter I don't use as often).

If I'm in a p¡ssed mood, I say "Hey".

EDIT = Am I the only one who hates using the term "chick"?
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
EDIT = Am I the only one who hates using the term "chick"?

Could be: http://www.cablechick.com.au/ These people do not seem to care either, I got a very funny T shirt when I bought some cables from them.
  Johnmc Moderator

Location: Cloncurry, Queensland
I first heard "guys" being used (by a girl, to a group of girls), when I was in Year 9 - 1983.  So I think this boat has long since sailed, people.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
For those of you interested or not the title Chairman is also gender neutral.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

For those of you interested or not the title Chairman is also gender neutral.
"bevans"


Yes, although maybe half the world's population seem to disagree.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Yes, although maybe half the world's population seem to disagree.
duttonbay


Only those who are not in the role of Chairman
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

That's English for you. In the 13th century 'guy' meant to lead, in the early 19th century 'guy' meant someone who was ugly, and in a hundred years time it will mean something else...language changes whether we want it to or not.
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
For those of you interested or not the title Chairman is also gender neutral.
"bevans"


I think the title Sister in nursing is also now gender neutral.
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
If I am addressing a group of multisex people, I usually regard them as "everyone" or "all". E.g. (My greeting at work) "Hey all!" or "Hey everyone" (the latter I don't use as often).

If I'm in a p¡ssed mood, I say "Hey".

EDIT = Am I the only one who hates using the term "chick"?
"sydnytrains"


I also hate the term "Chick"
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
I also hate the term "Chick"
GeoffreyHansen

So what do you call this then?

  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Dunno. Which came first?
  RTT_Rules Dr Beeching

Location: Dubai UAE
Yes its been around a long time, 80's at least. I think along with other previously masiculine terms "guys" when used in a group of either single male sex, multi sex or only female is now non gender specfic as part of cultural change from equality of the sexes. However the term "guys" when used in a group of mostly women or only womenI think can only be used by a female. I personally would not have an issue using it for a mixed group, but if it was a group of women, I'd say "ladies". I think middle aged and above would also appreciate this more as well.

My wife says "guys" is informal, "ladies" is formal.
  RTT_Rules Dr Beeching

Location: Dubai UAE
I also hate the term "Chick"
GeoffreyHansen

I notice women often use the "chick" term when talking about a female that they don't like.
  Aaron Minister for Railways

Location: University of Adelaide SA
I notice women often use the "chick" term when talking about a female that they don't like.
"RTT_Rules"
I know several women who call themselves variations of 'chick'. I also know of a group of gay men that happily refer to themselves as 'ladies', one of them in particular will often say 'just out with the other ladies', when he actually means out with a group of other gay men.
  Gaz170 Junior Train Controller

Location: Gold Coast

For those of you interested or not the title Chairman is also gender neutral.
- bevans

Only those who are not in the role of Chairman
bevans

It actually means the person who "mans" the chair for the meeting, so can be either sex although the PC term is Chairperson which is technically wrong.

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