Weekly Poll: Is the word “Gal” offensive?
My husband works in a politically correct Fortune 500 corporate environment (with a woman CEO I might add) so he often engages in conversations with others about the proper way to address other employees. Recently, he was told by one of his bosses that the word “gal” was offensive and he should try not to use it when referring to the women in his department. He thought that was odd so he came home to ask me about it.
S0 is the word “gal” offensive? My husband was under the impression that “gal” is to “woman” as “guy” is to “man”. I had to stop and think about it for a minute. I don’t often pay that much attention to how anyone addresses me. When talking to my all-girl band, I usually say “you guys” or “you ladies”. I don’t use the term “gal”. It conjures up pictures of some cowgirl-type with a Southern accent. Not that that is a bad image, just not likely something we see up here in the Northern states, especially this close to the Windy City. I know a lot of folks with Chicago accents and I just can’t recall ever hearing them refer to anyone as a “gal”.
Now that I think about it, maybe it’s a generational thing. I’m in my 30′s and being a product of the 80′s, I am more likely to call someone a “dude” or a “chick” rather than a “guy” or a “gal”. I do realize that some women take offense to being called a “chick”, though. So what is proper and acceptable these days? Give me your thoughts…