Sunday, June 5, 2016

Saying the words "you people" just sounds wrong

Here is my challenge to people who think they are good with words. Tell me a casual gender non-specific term I can use to refer to a bunch of friends.

I have always been fond of saying "you guys are doing really well" or "I can't believe how much I miss you guys".

I totally respect the point of view that using the word "guys" possibly reinforces is a stereotype that this is a man's world. But I would really appreciate somebody to come up with a solution rather than simply identifying a problem.

I tried something just then and ended up saying "I hope you people are doing really well". And that just sounded a little weird.

So I won't be using the term "you guys" any more but that does leave an opportunity for some really friendly easygoing term that nobody has invented yet. One for the solution providers rather than the whiny problem identifiers perhaps.

1 comment:

  1. I have always been fond of "Ragazzi!", or "Madonna Ragazzi!", literally oh my god my friends. Used in friendly situations in Italy to express your love for the group of friends when greeting them. "Oh my god, my friends, how are you".

    Not many really understand Madonna Ragazzi here in Australia so if you use it with conviction and lots of hand movements, people must think you are saying something nice...

    (Also aware that it is the male form of the noun, but there is no non-gender specific version of the word)

    Cheers
    Vineyard Paul

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