On the Impact of Diction

At work, we’ve been having conversations about diction and its associated impact. Most commonly, we’ve been discussing the use of the phrase “You guys” when addressing a group which contains at least one female. Some of the concerns are that the phrase may lead to feelings of exclusion or disrespect as only the male members are recognized and addressed; the female members are regarded almost as second-class citizens in this way. To respond to this problem, people have been working on diction awareness and word choice when communicating.
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