No that all makes perfect sense. I don't want to seem like I'm blowing you off by not addressing your points - but I don't really have anything to add, other than that was a really solid post, I know exactly what you're saying now, and I agree 100% with everything you said.And sorry about the ankle.
Good post SBA, I totally get what you're saying. I just have one contextual example that might help me understand better.It seems like you're okay with the age flexibility of "girl," so if someone was at work, for example in a generic office, and they asked someone if "they've met the new girl."How does this usage strike you?
Quote from: what's your name on February 20, 2009, 09:01:39 AMHehe, no worries. I'm just trying to start a discussion.Well it's a good habit to start referring to your peers as grownups. To a lot of people my age (and somewhat younger), it sounds really, really young to hear folks refer to women as "girls." ETA: So you end up sounding like the teenaged coffee-fetching intern instead of a colleague worthy of respect. Not a fantastic impression, but not a huge deal after all.It may also strike many people--but certainly not everybody--as sexist. Not in some alarmingly offensive or career-damaging way, but in a "huh this person isn't particularly thoughtful" way. Which is not an impression you want to give to people you work with, for the most part. And I wouldn't count on being able to shift back and forth between what you use depending on the age of the person you're talking to. In my experience, lots of people (especially fellas) in their early 20s aren't very good at discerning when somebody's closer to 30 (or 40) than 20. Quote from: mbw on February 20, 2009, 09:31:16 AMOnce you start using the phrase consistently, you just adopt it naturally.Zactly.
Hehe, no worries. I'm just trying to start a discussion.
Once you start using the phrase consistently, you just adopt it naturally.
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