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To think that there should be a female equivalent to "guys" or "chaps"

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TheBossofMe Fri 21-Sep-12 10:43:55

Leading on from another thread about terms used to describe women, I realised that there isn't a word that we use to describe a group of women that is gender-specific but not age-specific.

We use the terms "guys" or "chaps" for men and boys of any age. So someone can be one of the guys if he's 5, 15 or 50.

But for women, we have "girls" which should only be applied to the young and "women" which is only applied to the not-that-young-anymore.

So we need a whole new word, a MN-originated word, that we use to describe a group of females of any age.

Because we know that if we use it enough on MN, it eventually transcends into real life, and then into popular usage, and then the OED, and then immortality beckons for us all (or something!).

Anyone got any good ideas?

TheBigJessie Fri 21-Sep-12 10:46:14

I have a rubbish idea. Moiety.

Does that help?

TheBossofMe Fri 21-Sep-12 10:47:41

I'm not sure I can say that.

SuePurblybilt Fri 21-Sep-12 10:48:22

I liked that poster who called us all Hoes this week. Blud. But I fear it wouldn't work in the wider world.

TheBossofMe Fri 21-Sep-12 10:49:01

I think it needs to be one silable sylable syllable not too long

TheBossofMe Fri 21-Sep-12 10:49:41

Maybe not Sue

Probably would get me fired if I used it in the office!

TheBigJessie Fri 21-Sep-12 10:49:51

pronunciation guide

That's if you have speakers.

<goes off to find a written guide as well>

Homebird8 Fri 21-Sep-12 10:50:04

I'm guessing wenches wouldn't go down too well? blush

Hullygully Fri 21-Sep-12 10:50:11

Good idea, boss

Trills Fri 21-Sep-12 10:50:14

YABU to want a female equivalent, what you should want it a gender-neutral word for "group of human being who I am addressing in a casual manner".

Fakebook Fri 21-Sep-12 10:50:29

Gals and chapettes.

There you go.

Hullygully Fri 21-Sep-12 10:50:43

Can we do that next Trills..?

cheekybarsteward Fri 21-Sep-12 10:50:55


Trills Fri 21-Sep-12 10:52:11

It was either that or YABU because you are not asking about the reasonableness, you are saying "let's do this", so there was no reason to post in AIBU wink

TheBigJessie Fri 21-Sep-12 10:52:19

YABU to want a female equivalent, what you should want it a gender-neutral word for "group of human being who I am addressing in a casual manner".

Done. Mortals.

What? It works for me.

Homebird8 Fri 21-Sep-12 10:52:56

The northerners have Lassies!

TheBigJessie Fri 21-Sep-12 10:54:06

Gentlepersons. It's on a real word.

TheCraicDealer Fri 21-Sep-12 10:54:07

You could say "bitches", but that only sounds good being shouted from the window of a Cadillac with rims the size of the London Eye.

SuePurblybilt Fri 21-Sep-12 10:54:41

We could do worse than follow the lead of the BFG and use 'beans', as in human beans.

It's also amusingly Bertie Wooster in manner: 'Old Bean'. We'll drop the 'old', to update it and lose the likelihood of offence. Legume-based.

Trills Fri 21-Sep-12 10:54:55

You are a gentleman, I am a gentleman's daughter, thus far we are equal.

DreamingofSummer Fri 21-Sep-12 10:55:12

I use "folks"

Trills Fri 21-Sep-12 10:55:32


Titsalinabumsquash Fri 21-Sep-12 10:55:36

The teachers at the kids school refer to us parents (mums and dads) as "folks" <shudder>

What's wrong with "ladies"?

TheBossofMe Fri 21-Sep-12 10:56:02

Gentlepersons is surely only applied to the rather elderly.

Bitches. Hmm. Again, that wouldn't work so well in the office.

I'm liking beans, but its has, you know, connotations of "flicking".

ScramblyEgg Fri 21-Sep-12 10:56:03

I had a manager who used to call the male & female staff 'chaps and chapesses', but that's rubbish too - not to mention too long.

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