Date: Sun, 22 Jan 1995 21:29:03 -0800

From: Anton Sherwood dasher[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NETCOM.COM

Subject: you guys

Tim Frazer wrote:

Some may find it sexist, but for years I've heard groups of

adolescent and college women call each other "you guys."

I think. Do I imagine that?

Douglas Hofstadter reported hearing a woman say that "even _guys_"

use the word `guys' for both genders.

Bill Cole saith:

. . . . "Y'all" has become pretty ubiquitous. I've

heard lots of folks in the Midwest use it. Southerners may

have started it but it's being picked up by other areas.

I never hear it, perhaps because in California we take the time

to say "you two" or "you all" or "you folks".

I would have offered "hey" until last night. "Hey" is the typical greeting

here in the South (there's disagreement if Raleigh or North Carolina is

actually in the South given the vast number of NY, NJ, MD & MA license

plates around here). But on "Mad About You" last night four people greeted

each other with "hey". Scared me.

That _is_ common in California.

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