May I jump in? I haven't posted anything, or even kept up with Webheads for
a couple of years now, but am teaching ESL again and started going through
the huge number of messages that have mounted up. This one has drawn me in.
I would never use "girlies" with my friends or colleagues. To me it
definitely sounds pejorative. I think this is a great question, since I
work with a group of women in the other half of my work life and often wish
for a warm sounding saluation to use in my emails. I've tried, "Hi Ladies",
but didn't feel comfortable - I think because it draws attention to the fact
that we're all women, which I didn't really want to get stuck on. Usually I
just say "Hi everyone" or even just "Hi." It'd be great to find something
warm and friendly, but still appropriate for a work situation.
Vancouver Community College
n Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 5:19 AM, Ball, Jennie <jball@...
> Here in Vermont, we say someone is "a girlie-girl" if she is
> particularly feminine and somewhat frivolous. I work at a school for
> athletes, so the term has a mildly negative connotation. ("She's a good
> racer, but a bit of a girlie-girl off the hill," for example.) Calling
> someone just "girlie" here would certainly be pejorative, even among
> I am part of a wonderful group of women that get together once a week
> for exercise and a meal. When we are together and on our blog, we often
> refer to the group as "Girls" or "Gals," however, I think we would find
> it curious and maybe a little presumptuous if someone outside the group
> referred to us this way.
> Jen Ball
> Green Mountain Valley School
> 271 Moulton Rd.
> Waitsfield, VT 05673
> school phone: 802-583-7860
> home phone: 802-496-5628
> email: jball@... <jball%40gmvs.org>
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