[Ads-l] "man" avoidance

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Sep 25 19:14:21 EDT 2016

On Sun, Sep 25, 2016 at 6:31 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> What far-right satirist could have dreamed up a university that slaps a
> trigger-style warning on "you guys" when - no secret - plenty of women now
> say it to each other?

In fact, "Oh, you guys!" was used by a woman to other women in a
(too-)long-running TV commercial without raising the ire of a single person
anywhere along the sexual spectrum. Furthermore, the Air Force, even before
it broke away from the Army, has always referred to its - or should that be
"their"? - personnel as _airmen_, as is now observable at random times of
day on random TV channels in Air Force recruitment commercials.

If everyone else switched to the unisex "you-all"/"y'all" in traditional
use by Southerners of all racial and ethnic groups and by colored folk
wherever they - or should that be "we"? - may be encountered, y'all
wouldn't be being embroiled in this particular controversy. Y'all see what
I'm saying?

Facetiously, of course. 😜

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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