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I saw a movie the other day in which there was a group of girls living together in a house. Each girl said ''you guys" when addressing the rest of the group.
I wonder whether it's a joke (the movie was a comedy) or whether ''you guys'' can really be used toward a group of girls.
Last edited by jctgf; 15-Oct-2008 at 16:08.
Generally speaking, a group of women would be much less offended being called "you guys" than "you girls." Once you are past a certain age, being called "girls" is demeaning, while being called (as a group) "guys" is simply informal.
This only works in the plural: Come on, guys.
Don't call one woman "a guy."
This gender-neutral usage is recognized in the UK too. I know a teacher at a girls' school who addresses her younger pupils as "Ladies" (to emphasize the change from primary school), but she addresses her older students as 'you guys'.
In any case, Barb made a very good point - never call an individual female "guy," but two or more won't be offended if you refer to them as "you guys." And unless you are close friends with the female in question, do NOT refer to her as "girl." I can't count how many times I had to grit my teeth when some executive at work referred to me as "girl" in the office... Sorry to prattle on about this, but it always irked me that in a work situation, no matter what age the female worker, the men usually referred to her as a "girl," while the males were never referred to as "boys."