Too often lately it seems that we go into a restaurant or other establishment and the attendant, waiter, etc., will say, “This way guys” or “How are you today guys?”. I am not a “guy”. I certainly don’t look like a guy. Maybe it is my Southern upbringing, maybe it is my love of the English language because my dad taught English and made sure that I knew the nuances between “pen” and “pin”, maybe it is simply because I endeavor to be a lady – whatever the reason, I am not a “guy”.
To me, a “guy” is someone of the male gender, likely in his 20s to 40s, non-specific – but, definitely, male. How would a man feel if the attendant said, “This way dolls”?
I supposed that I should be grateful. In some circles, they refer to each other as “dog”. So, at least, they do not say, “This way dogs”.
Regardless of the venue, I would just simply appreciate being referred to as “folks” or some other respectful, yet generic, term. That would suit me. “Folks” is generic, it’s homey, it’s non-specific – it is not “guys”, “dolls”, “dog(s)” – just simply “folks”.