Gray Matters by Stuart Carlson and Jerry Resler for September 28, 2022

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    BE THIS GUY  6 months ago

    “I don’t know” is a perfectly acceptable answer.

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    As You Wish (ex Stillfickled) Premium Member 6 months ago

    Why can females be called guys but we can’t call guys girls?

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    dlkrueger33  6 months ago

    I’ve heard “Boys night out”, but you’re right…it would be guys or buddies/buds. Not boyfriends. Wonder why?

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    saylorgirl  6 months ago

    It just doesn’t sound right.

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    A# 466  6 months ago

    Sometimes the term “friendboy” or “friend boy” shows up. I’m thinking of this line from one of Robert Johnson’s recordings: " … friendboy Willie Brown …"

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    Grace Premium Member 6 months ago

    Just don’t call me “Dude”. I have a really good cold stare..

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    HarryLime Premium Member 6 months ago

    “Buddy” is acceptable, but “boyfriend” somehow imparts a sexual vibe.And that ain’t happening!

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    James Lindley Premium Member 6 months ago

    Even guys having a “bromance”, which I find mighty strange, won’t refer to their bromance buddy as a boyfriend. Nope, we prefer to call them buddies.

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    wjbillthompson  6 months ago

    Should have started with that.

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    tammyspeakslife Premium Member 6 months ago

    Most men are just not comfortable calling each other ‘boyfriend’

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    christelisbetty  6 months ago

    Boys will be boys is still an excuse though.

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    John W Kennedy Premium Member 6 months ago

    The word “boyfriend” is much older, and goes back to when boys and girls (except for close relatives) were pretty much separated from each other (I’m old enough to have attended schools that had been built with separate front doors for girls and boys), and constituted fairly different subcultures. So “friend” already covered different territories depending on whether a boy or girl said it.

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    Teto85 Premium Member 6 months ago

    That sounds like a question for that rabbit hole we call the internet.

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    "It's the End of the World!!!" Premium Member 6 months ago

    Because there is absolutely, positively no need to call them anything but a friend. Doesn’t matter what gender they are, they’re a friend.

    Male, female, gay, straight, purple with pink polka dots…….it DOES NOT MATTER. They’re a friend.

    Personally, I have never really liked it when women call them girlfriends. Even as a child I was saying to myself “it makes no sense to say.” Unless you’re romantically involved, there is no need, in my eyes, to differentiate it.

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