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 meeting (hypothetically of course), unless I knew them). So, some that I would not consider as replacements would be … Read more

What is a feminine version of “dude”?

OK . . . another one similar to “What is a feminine version of ‘guys’?” “Dude” is masculine; what is the feminine version? The usage I’m thinking of is that “dude” nowadays is used primarily as a way to address a person very colloquially, e.g.: “Dude, why are you squirting rubbing alcohol on the grill … Read more

Gender-independent replacement for “fiancée” and “fiancé”

I can use child to replace son or daughter, sibling for sister or brother, and parent for mother or father. What is the unisex replacement for fiancée and fiancé? I don’t need it for speech, but for formal or semi-formal writing. Answer For formal writing, betrothed would be my number one choice. But, as Lunatik … Read more

Is there a single term for “nieces and nephews”?

I find it handy when talking about my sons and daughters I can just say my children. It’s nice to say nieces instead of sibling’s daughters. I wonder if there is a similar term for nieces and nephews together? I imagine I could say sibling’s kids but I was hoping for a single word. Answer … Read more

Is the English Language becoming more generic, in the sense that English is distinguishing less between masculine and feminine?

To clarify: what I mean is that in Australia for instance there is a trend in English to use words that do not distinguish between men and women. E.g. Chairperson instead of Chairman. So the question relates to whether or not English is (both in terms of the adoption of new words and the adoption … Read more

Why isn’t “it” used in place of “he or she”, “he/she”, “s/he” etc.?

There is a related discussion on this Q&A site. My question is different. I’m all for gender awareness, but why hasn’t a properly defined pronoun “it” been used instead of “he/she” or “he or she”, etc. Am I missing something? Oxford English Dictionary: It: 1. a. As the proper neuter pronoun of the third person … Read more

Is there a correct gender-neutral singular pronoun (“his” vs. “her” vs. “their”)?

Is there a pronoun I can use as a gender-neutral pronoun when referring back to a singular noun phrase? Each student should save his questions until the end. Each student should save her questions until the end. Answer Singular they enjoys a long history of usage in English and can be used here: “Each student … Read more