I generally get around this situation by simply saying 'people' - and leaving it at that. Asbolutely anything added gets you in potential hot water!
And I 'absolutely' need more coffee, judging from today's impressive Keyboard Skills demonstration...
Oooh! Nice. Especially when you say it smarmily. "People...!"
People look at you funny when you greet them as "fellow human beings".
(Although "fellow" also means guy... you just can't win! Screw English)
The reason feminists spell women like "womyn" is so that it doesn't contain the word "men."
My old roommate used to call her friends "dude" even if they're girls.
In keeping with the Old English, "Men" is now once again gender neutral; masucline men are to be referred to as "remen".
Meanwhile in the future as envisioned I think it was Barbarella the motion picture, the universal greeting phrase is simply "love"
This happens every now and then, especially when I'm the only girl in the group. But I think it's a little much when it gets used in an email: Thanks guys (and girl).
I just have to LOL.
It's early in the morning for me, and I'm not entirely awake, but I initially read that as "Ladies...is it still okay to call you hot?" XP
FEMALES. What's happening.
Whenever I walk up to a group, I just say GENTLEMEN.
Then I smoke, like, 80 cigarettes.
Wow! Does everyone in your office actually have awesome hair, or do you just naturally draw everybody looking awesome for the comic? :-)
The "people" in my office are not based on real people for the sake of their privacy, but sometimes they are visual amalgamations of 2 or 3 people (not always). My office mates are quite stylish IRL, however, I'm probably the frumpiest of the whole group due to my natural inability to fashion.
Aw, come on! You're just fishing for compliments now, aren't you! I'm not falling for that one - that's another good way to get caught out. Cos I say 'no, your natural beauty shines though and that's sufficient' and you then tell your colleagues that I think you have natural beauty, and then *they* get the needle because I didn't say it about them...
Nice try though!
That wasn't the intent ^^; I just meant that my coworkers ARE quite stylish
Yeah I know - I was only teasing! (and making another point about the pitfalls of what you say to people, I suppose)
But, I'm not so sure about this 'natural inability to fashion' business. I mean, none of us expect miracles here (well I don't), but since you clearly have the talent to draw stylish people, it sounds more like a conscious decision not to do it... but why? Is this just something you're more comfortable with?
I'm able to recognize a stylish outfit and remember it enough to draw it, but when it comes to finding clothes and putting a 'look' together on my own person it falls apart somehow... haha I guess I'm just bad a shopping!
Ah... The trick there (and if you get it right the results can be really good) is to take one of your stylish friends/co-workers shopping with you. I've seen the results of this, and it can be an almighty eye-opener - for everybody! And not in a bad way, either.
You could always go with, "Greetings, Meatbags!" :D
I vote for this.
You gotta tack "Condescending Salutation:" on the beginnning... "Condescending Salutation: Greetings, Meatbags! I hope we can promptly terminate any... hostilities?"
Political correctness? Bah! Just greet everyone with "Dood!" and that's the end of that.
For greeting groups, I usually stick with "hey" or "hello" depending on the context of formality.
And "Lady" is usually a complimentary term. Do we use the term lord anywhere in our vocabulary (other than in a phrase for boasting or when we've moved to England and gone native)? That is the male equivalent in rank. (Of course, anything can be said with a sneer. I could insult the pope by calling him "your holiness" if I wanted to (and if I could get close enough to him for him to hear me...given that his public viewings are by armored popemobile, I doubt that's likely, especially given I'm a heretic.
I typically like to greet people like "Hello Minions!" or just "MINIONS !" "My Minions!" or the longer "Bow down Minions or I shall eat your souls to cure my indengestion from the childrens tears I had last night while burning the orphanage!"
meh you're lucky. I'm referred to as "asian". no one even questions. Apparently, in highschool, if it's literally correct, no one gives a wuck.
I sometimes enter a room saying, “Greetings, humans!” For some reason people think I'm weird.
Seriously, I do that.
Political correctness is always a tricky line to tread... but it can make you really paranoid sometimes!
I've been in meetings that have ended "Alright nice job, guys! And... lady... I mean, Miss... I mean... you?"