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Old 03-11-2007, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Richmond
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I notice this seems to be getting more pervasive all around the country.

I took my girlfriend out to dinner the other night and the waiter said "what you would guys like to drink?" And I politely informed the waiter that my date was actually a woman, not a guy.

I always grew up saying you all or you folks. My parents said it was tacky to say "you guys". But I guess people are losing their manners.
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Old 03-11-2007, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Missouri
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Why do people say "There's" for both plural and singular subjects?
Ex. "There's a new store opening at 1st and Elm"
Ex. "There's four houses for sale in our neighborhood".....
I hate that. Yet everyone does it.
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Old 03-11-2007, 12:27 PM
 
Location: in the southwest
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I say "you guys." I say it in mixed company or to men.
Not sure I would use it at a State Dinner or even as a waiter at a restaurant, but I can think of worse phrases to use.
Oh well. Shall I go sit in the time-out corner now?
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Old 03-11-2007, 12:28 PM
 
Location: The #1 sunshine state, Arizona.
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My folkes house is for sale. Would any of yous guys like to buy it? Now that is really annoying.
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Old 03-11-2007, 12:30 PM
 
Location: The #1 sunshine state, Arizona.
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Also "dude" seems to be a genderless term.
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Old 03-11-2007, 12:40 PM
 
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I think it has to do with where you live. 'You folks' sounds southern to me, and 'you all' really does! I hear you 'peeps' sometimes too! Here in the midwest, it is common to hear 'you guys'. I have a serious problem with dude being genderless!!
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Old 03-11-2007, 12:54 PM
 
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Yup...you guys is total midwest. I grew up in WI and it was always you guys even if talking to a bunch of girls. I went to school in HI and it was hard to break the habit of saying it, but everyone made fun of me, so I stopped
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Old 03-11-2007, 12:54 PM
 
Location: in the southwest
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. I have a serious problem with dude being genderless!!
Back in my day (which I admit, was a long time ago) it was dudes and dudettes. It was kind of tongue in cheek, but people did say it now and then.
Guess that's a bit too cutesy/feminine for Generations X and Y, even if said facetiously.
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Old 03-11-2007, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Deep In The Heat Of Texas
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A guy is a man or boy. Guys is an informal way of referring to persons of either sex such as, "Would one of you guys help me with this?" so it's just a way of addressing one or more people.

My parents lived in New York and New Jersey and always said "you guys," so I guess that's where I got it. They say that in CA as well. I now live in TX and still say, "you guys." I believe some parts of the country even say, "youse guys."
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Old 03-11-2007, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Camano Island, WA
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I hear kids and some adults say the stupidest things..."yo wutz up"..."hey my homey" "yo dawg"...ok, so maybe Randy Jackson barks it on American Idol, so it's OK? I think not. Peeps is another one...
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