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  • This made me think of something. I'm hearing more and more people, women including, speaking to groups of people and referring to the group as "guys". Merriam-Webster has added it even: 3b -- "used in plural to refer to the members of a group regardless of sex ".
    • There is a bit of a backlash against this use, which can get pretty silly []. Douglas "G.E.B." Hofstadter is quite strongly anti-"guy", basically since "guy", in the singular, strongly defaults to male ("I saw a guy running down the street"), so he sees using "guys" as sexist as using "he" as default, or "fireman". I think that he even views it as worse, because to him women calling themselves "guys" is inherently self-denigrating. I don't know if anyone's really ever bothered to argue with this view, but i