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Can I use "you guys" when it includes gals? [Northeast USA] [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is “guy” gender-neutral? I'm in the Northeast USA. I'm about to email 3 people, 2 are women It is ok to say "I thought you guys would find this interesting" ? ...
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How to address one male and one female in an informal email? [duplicate]

In an inter-company (informal) email, when the addressees are one male and one female, I usually use Hi Guys. However, guy has a distinct male flavour. Could you suggest a more gender-neutral ...
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How to informally address a mixed gender group of people? [duplicate]

How to informally address a mixed gender group of people in the UK? Any alternative to 'guys' in 'would you guys like to do this and that?'
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Can I use "guy" and "man" with female? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Is “guy” gender-neutral? What is a feminine version of 'guys'? Almost of my fellows are male, so I usually say "See you man" or "Guys, I have some ...
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Say "you guys" to a group of people [duplicate]

Can we say "guys" to a group of people, that group possibly including women? Example sentence: I am looking forward to see you guys then!
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feminine colloquialisms to connote platonic endearment: [duplicate]

It seems as though in the U.S./in English we have a million words to connote endearment to men(albeit in a somewhat strange way) that are used with varying degrees of gender neutrality. But I'm ...
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What is a feminine version of 'guys'?

I commonly use the word 'guys' to refer to a group of males colloquially. It's colloquial but not rude, off putting, condescending, patronizing (though I wouldn't use it with a group of men at a board ...
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Proper way to address a very small group that includes both sexes [closed]

What is the proper way to address a light email/message to a small group of 2-or-3 people, where the group includes both sexes? I normally just use the term "guys" as in "Hey guys" or "Good morning ...
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Using "put hair on your chest" for women

The idiom put hair(s) on someone's chest means: Fig. to do or take something to invigorate or energize someone, always a male, except in jest: Here, have a drink of this stuff! It'll put hair on ...
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When did the word "guys" become popular as a gender-neutral word?

It's normal nowadays to walk into a room (men and women, boys and girls etc) and go, "Hey guys!". Has this always been the case, or what?
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A gender-neutral, informal alternative to singular 'guy'

When referring to an online comment, I want to say I agree with this guy. However, it's not gender neutral (See this ELU post.) What other informal alternate word is there? 'User' seems ...
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Is "girls" a suitable complementary term to go along with "guys"?

Trying to keep the discussion about language and meaning, and hopefully not getting socio-political, is "girls" a valid counterpart for "guys", as in "guys and girls"? The intention is to describe a ...
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Non-gendered collective title for a group of people in a business context

In a work context, what is a good word for addressing a mixed-gender group of people? Currently, "guys" seems to be fairly popular, but does have male overtones." Is there a really nothing better? A ...
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What word(s) do children of English native speakers use for "kid"/"child"/etc

I'm looking for (a) word(s) that is/are perceived to be child's language by adults, not words used by adults to describe children. What would be fine though are words used by adults when they are ...
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What's the difference between "you guys" and "you folks"? [closed]

You guys and you folks seem to have similar meanings. Do they have any differences? Thanks a lot
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