This blog is about the story of my family here in America. We arrived in the 1630s as Puritans, and became the common folk of the New World.

The changing English language - the word *guys*

When you read old documents, you really get to see how the English language changes over time. And in spite of every English teacher holding a dictionary and wagging a finger, there really aren't any rules, except what we all come to agree on. An example of a word that has changed in my lifetime is *guys*.

Oddly enough, in the 1970s, it started to be used, and accepted, to describe not just groups of males, but groups of males and females. I have even heard it used to describe groups of females. It's still being used this way now, and apparently has to be preceded by the word *you*. Of course the word *guy* has never changed, it means a young man. So, you can confidently address a group that has both males and females as *guys*. But only a male in that group can be called a *guy*. A female can never be called a *guy*.

My ancestors have been speaking English for thousands of years. But that doesn't mean that I always know what they were talking about!
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