Hey guys, are you crazy?

What do “goto” and “hey guys” have in common?

Wolfgang Gassler
Aug 1, 2017 · 2 min read

Recently, a colleague told me that he was rebuked for saying “I am a crazy guy” in his talk at an international developer conference. Other speakers used the phrase “hey guys” in their talks and had to apologize on stage. My first reaction: WTF?

Why you are no longer allowed to say “hey guys”, everybody uses it, even native speakers, right?

I gave it some thought, watched Limmy’s video, and read the following guardian article. I concluded that “hey guys” is definitely neither gender-neutral nor inclusive, thus, I decided to just remove it from my vocabulary. You can also try it, it won’t hurt ;) besides the fact that you will recognize how many people use the term all the time.

Language is constantly changing and I have learned to avoid terms and sayings that might be offensive or put a wrong emphasis one something. Maybe you don’t agree but imho it is worth to give it some thought…and for all the developers out there, do you still use goto?

P.S. regarding “crazy” I recommend to read “

Wolfgang Gassler

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