you guys

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Thu Apr 17 12:11:57 UTC 2003

Not particularly interesting up here in the frozen North (East
Lansing); such usage is common. More recently, even "guys" without
"you" has moved into this territory. I heard a young woman yell to
friends of hers just the other day "Hey Guys! Wait up! Even this may
have been around here longer than I think (since my principal
channels of communication are with aged graduate students and


To clarift my first message, "I'm glad I'm not a woman--you guys have too
many issues to deal with!" seemed particularly interesting because "you
guys" is used to address all women, and only women.


Dennis R. Preston
Professor of Linguistics
Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic,
      Asian & African Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1027
e-mail: preston at
phone: (517) 353-9290

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