Idiom question

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Mon Jan 24 22:19:06 UTC 2000

"Guys" being generic, I hope?!

At 11:17 PM 1/21/00 -0400, you wrote:
>"Pig" is indeed a neutral generic.  Other unmarked female animals are the
>goose (vs. gander) and the duck (vs. drake).  One generalization that works
>a little bit is that the unmarked sex (if either is) is the one more
>functionally useful or prominent for us guys (the ones with the language).

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