Dear Abby on gender-neutral "guys"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Feb 26 17:48:47 UTC 2008

That's rather extreme on her part. I got over my annoyance with the
usage ca.1969. When women themselves started addressing other women as
"guys," I decided that it was time for me to drop back five and punt.


On Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 3:37 AM, Benjamin Zimmer
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