Just when you thought the absurdist Left couldn’t get more absurd, somebody at Vox decided to press “Publish.” Today’s outrage du jour? The phrase “you guys.” In case you guys didn’t know, the phrase “you guys” is, like, super offensive you guys:
You can think of the push to drop “guys” as political correctness run amok, or you can think of it as making a tiny change that doesn’t cost you anything and will keep you from being a jerk to half the population — and help you make the world just a tiny bit more fair.
That doesn’t mean it will be quick or easy: I’ve probably typed and deleted “you guys” (it turns out I loved to begin tweets and Facebook posts this way) about 15 times since I decided to write this piece a couple of weeks ago. But I’m going to keep working on it.
If you get a jump on changing now, you can avoid being like your grandfather who is still saying “negro” because he doesn’t mean anything by it and that’s what they used to say in his day and he doesn’t see the point of evolving. Don’t get left behind, y’all/friends/everyone/folks.
Boy howdy, what a mess that is. You almost need a how-to-read-SJW-garbage manual just to get through it. Who’s managing the newsroom over there?
I’m not sure your neighborhood fireman has enough equipment to handle that hot take. Seriously: how far has mankind fallen that this is what we’re arguing about? When I was growing up, the phrase “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” taken from the 1872 book Tappy’s Chicks: and Other Links Between Nature and Human Nature, was often recited to remind children that sometimes you just have to ignore people when they say mean or hurtful things.
That era is long gone. Now we live in a world of macroagressions and microagressions and whatever other fake words adult children have invented because they apparently have nothing better to do with their time or energy.
Old and busted: manning up and getting over it. New hotness: Mandated sensitivity training along with endless thought-policing. It’s enough to make you want to boycott society altogether.
Thankfully, not everybody has lost their minds:
I like that the Constitution, which is law, can evolve and mean whatever, but the meaning of friends saying "you guys" is ironclad.
Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) June 11, 2015
Amen, brother. Amen.