"man" vs. "guy" redux

Herbert Stahlke hstahlke at WORLDNET.ATT.NET
Wed Nov 20 03:14:20 UTC 2002

My point exactly.  As I went on to say, "you guys", as a form of address, is
a periphrastic 2p, not the lexical "guy".  I can say "you guys" to a group
of women, but I can't point to a group of women and say to someone else,
"See those guys?".


-----Original Message-----
From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf
Of Douglas Bigham
Sent: Tuesday, November 19, 2002 9:21 PM
Subject: Re: "man" vs. "guy" redux

But..... As I probably said last time... some of us (males) CAN use "guys"
address an all female group.  I did it today (naturally) and no one even
bothered to comment.

Douglas S. Bigham
University of Texas - Austin

In a message dated 11/19/2002 8:11:05 AM Central Standard Time,
hstahlke at WORLDNET.ATT.NET writes:

> Around here, as reported elsewhere, "guys" can
> be used of mixed groups by either sex, of all- male groups by either sex,
> but of all-female groups only by women.

Douglas S. Bigham
University of Texas - Austin

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