What can I say instead of hey guys?
The Case Against Using “Hey, Guys”
The problem with “guys” is that it is a “masculine word,” according to Amy Jeffers, an organizational development specialist in diversity, equity and inclusion. There are better alternatives, such as “Hey, everyone” or “Hey, folks” that are not gender-assuming, Jeffers added.
It's even more neutral than that. "Hey guys", can be calling out to a group that includes females, even a group of all females (somewhat more rarely, but still).
It's less common to use 'guys' to refer to females unless you are referring to a group of males and females together. In that case 'guys' is an informal substitute for 'people'. If you're talking to people directly 'guys' is acceptable, e.g. 'Hi guys!
|dearly beloved||you lot|
|boys and girls||girls and boys|
"It is not proper etiquette to refer to everyone as 'guys,'" she told Business Insider. "This is a slang term and should be avoided. Use 'you all' or 'everyone' instead." Business communications expert and speaker Barbara Pachter agrees that it's rather casual and informal.
Hello guys - informal; said to welcome the people you know well.
What's up Y all meaning?
In the Southern United States, people use y'all when addressing a two or more people. Y'all is an informal way of saying 'you all. '
You guys' is correct written, pronounced you guys's. (Dropping the s on the written version because guys is a plural, not because I think it should always be dropped if the word ends in an s.) You rather than your because you guys is a unit and the possessive case doesn't need to be commuted across each element of it.
If the occasion is more formal, for example you are referring a very senior member, an old and respectful man or a professional such as police officer, the appropriate alternatives could be "gentleman", "sir", "officer" or just "man" or "woman/lady".
It's why it's so tempting to simply dive right in with a quick “hey,” just to get it over with. But, according to relationship expert and matchmaker Tennesha Wood, that's the last thing you want to do. “'Hey' is impersonal and shows little interest in the individual,” she says.
Hey is defined as an expression of greeting similar to "hello," or is a way to attract attention or express annoyance.
If it's just a group of girls you can say "you girls" or "you ladies" or whatever you prefer, but guys is acceptable. You cannot use "guys" generally to refer to women in all situations. For example, if you were to say "I went out to dinner with some guys from work" I would assume that it was a group of all men.
Buddy is not necessarily male, the word has no gender connotations of its own in present day usage. If feminine gender is to be expressly stated, then girl-pal/ gal-pal might work.
Definition of folx
: folks —used especially to explicitly signal the inclusion of groups commonly marginalized Having women teach other women matters. Women of color. Transgender women.
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|To a man||Every person|