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Informal term for women?

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GingerPCatt Sun 13-Dec-15 16:32:46

I was chatting to a friend last night and we were trying to come up with an alternative informal word to women. I don't like calling my friends girls as we are in our 30-40s but saying "had a lovely time women" sounds way to formal. Ladies is the same. It feels too formal. I need a grown up version of girls. Any suggestions?

EdithWeston Sun 13-Dec-15 16:34:07

Do you need a word there at all?

If you feel you do, then 'everyone' would fit.

OneMoreCasualty Sun 13-Dec-15 16:34:11


We've tried this a few times and nothing perfect emerged. Folks?

PlaysWellWithOthers Sun 13-Dec-15 16:55:53

Thanks everyone, I had a lovely time?

For everything else woman/women suffices.

VestalVirgin Sun 13-Dec-15 16:58:08

Hmm, I think "ladies" if used with a bit of irony might fit?

Or maybe an artificial word, like "wyms", if you feel like experimenting.

Shallishanti Sun 13-Dec-15 16:58:16


OneMoreCasualty Sun 13-Dec-15 17:02:44

Guys typically means a group of men though!

Lay-deez, VV?

BubsandMoo Sun 13-Dec-15 17:05:17

"Everyone". There's just no need to refer to people's sex in that situation.

ShatnersBassoon Sun 13-Dec-15 17:07:25

Fillies or heifers, depending on how much you like them. They have rural charm.

I'm not bothered by girls though, or lasses. I don't suppose men care if they're called guys or lads in an informal setting.

BertrandRussell Sun 13-Dec-15 17:13:37

Guys or everyone. Sorted.

I don't want to be po faced about this (but I am going to be, sorry) but this is the sort of question people usually (not in the OP's case, obviously) to justify not using all these new fangled politically correct words....

OneMoreCasualty Sun 13-Dec-15 17:16:03

Like what PC words, BR?

thatstoast Sun 13-Dec-15 17:19:49

Ladies for me. Or 'thanks all'. I think I'm more formal than most though.

Shallishanti Sun 13-Dec-15 17:40:08

when I was about 13 (100 yrs ago) we had a visiting PE teacher from US, she said to us
'Gee, I don't know, you guys seem to have a period EVERY week'
(we did not realise she was being sarcastic)
however, clear use of 'guys' in an all female context

stardusty5 Sun 13-Dec-15 17:41:25

I don't think guys has to always mean males and use it regardless. The equivalent would be 'gals' but that's a bit American. Us Northerners have 'lasses' which isn't age specific.

What about something else jokey like gang, or chums?

LassWiTheDelicateAir Sun 13-Dec-15 18:37:39

Lasses, ladies or everyone. I don't even mind girls, depending on the context. If it is one of the group who is female and is saying something like " come on girls"

The one I really hate is "guys". Please do not ever refer to me as a guy.

IShouldBeSoLurky Sun 13-Dec-15 18:39:50

I don't mind guys for a mixed sex group or a group of women. If I'm addressing a group of friends I might say lovelies, or similar.

LassWiTheDelicateAir Sun 13-Dec-15 18:41:09

I don't like guys even for a mixed group.

Spidertracker Sun 13-Dec-15 18:49:41

I don't like the word woman when applied to me )no problem with anyone else using it though).
I refer to my friends as girls and describe myself as a girl (I am 32 just for reference).
Incidentally I don't like man/men either I refer to men as blokes or lads. Eg I saw a bloke or are you out with the lads.

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHorrid Sun 13-Dec-15 20:27:13

I would probably use - night all / ladies / everyone / guys.

Actually "night all" is probably the easiest. I sometimes call people dude though (because I'm very immature or pissed at the time).

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHorrid Sun 13-Dec-15 20:28:50

I refer to my friends as girls

Me too, I like a good girls night out. Dh sometimes has a boys night out.

MrNoseybonk Mon 14-Dec-15 09:41:54

Am surprised to see all those happy to call themselves and friends girls.
It's not acceptable for men to use girls though.
I find it's so variable. Someone I know was disciplined after trying to rally his mixed group at work with "come one guys" and a lady complained to his superior.

BertrandRussell Mon 14-Dec-15 09:44:02

"Someone I know was disciplined after trying to rally his mixed group at work with "come one guys" and a lady complained to his superior."

Really? Actually disciplined?

OneMoreCasualty Mon 14-Dec-15 09:52:02

What BR said. Disciplined? Or asked to use "everyone" going forwards?

BarbarianMum Mon 14-Dec-15 09:52:30

I like "guys" but hate "girls."

"Everybody" would seem safe as you are clearly not going to please everyone.

OneMoreCasualty Mon 14-Dec-15 09:54:52

And it massively depends on context, as I'm sure you can understand, MrN.

"I'm off on a boys' night out"
"Oh, ask that boy in marketing, y'know, the client manager, to write you an advertising plan"

Do you ever think you'd say or hear the latter?

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