Hey guys, are you crazy?

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Recently, a colleague told me that he was rebuked for saying “I am a crazy guy” in his talk at an international developer conference. Other speakers used the phrase “hey guys” in their talks and had to apologize on stage. My first reaction: WTF?

Why you are no longer allowed to say “hey guys”, everybody uses it, even native speakers, right?

It’s a minefield, really. Still concerned about the generic masculine insinuation of “guys” and want an equally informal, warm alternative? You’re welcome, folks.
Source: https://www.theguardian.com/media/mind-your-language/2016/jun/10/you-dont-like-being-called-guys-come-on-people

I gave it some thought, watched Limmy’s video, and read the guardian article. I concluded that “hey guys” is definitely neither gender-neutral nor inclusive, thus, I decided to just remove it from my vocabulary. You can also try it, it won’t hurt ;) besides the fact that you will recognize how many people use the term all the time.

Language is constantly changing and I have learned to avoid terms and sayings that might be offensive or put a wrong emphasis one something. Maybe you don’t agree but imho it is worth to give it some thought…and for all the developers out there, do you still use goto?

https://xkcd.com/292/

P.S. regarding “crazy” I recommend to read Crazy talk: The language of mental illness stigma