Greetings and salutations
Throughout history, there have been many accepted and commonly used ways of referring to the two genders as a pair or group. Herewith are just a sampling of them, to-wit:
• Men and Women--always safe, but rather impersonal.
• Sirs and Dames--outdated, except in Merry Olde England.
• Ladies and Gentlemen--always correct, except to radical feminists who don’t like to be referred to as “ladies.” Perhaps only they know whether they really are or not. Still my favorite.
• His and Hers--often used to define certain facilities.
• Guys and Dolls--a famous Broadway musical. My Grandpa’s second (and final) wife was called “Doll.” It was a term of endearment.
• Guys and Guys--hey, wait a minute! That’s supposed to be “guys and gals.” What happened to the “gals” part? Incredibly, “gals” have now morphed into “guys.” I don’t know how this happened, but go into any restaurant and the waitress, who thinks she’s a “guy,” will ask, “Whatta you guys having today?” It doesn’t matter if a man is sitting there with the most luscious babe in town, she has suddenly, in the eyes of your server, become a “guy.” Go figure.
I’m just delighted that I can still tell the difference.
NOTE: No, don’t tell me the “guys and guys” phenomenon has anything to do with the current obsession with “gays”--it doesn’t.