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Response to nashville_brook (Original post)

Thu Jul 19, 2012, 05:23 PM

20. "You people" is offensive because it separates the speaker from those being spoken to with terms tha

are on the one hand very intimate and personal, "You" and the other hand very general and impersonal, "people."

That phrase communicates to listeners that the person using it believes him/herself to be in a superior position with a sort of noble right to speak as though to a servant and to speak to a lot of people dismissively all at once.

The expressions, "you folks" or "you guys" combine two terms of intimacy and familiarity. Those terms may offend too if used in addressing people with whom the speaker is not intimate or familiar. But generally, they lower the speaker to the level of the person spoken to (on a social level) and are not nearly so offensive.

They don't seem so condescending. But "You people," mixes the intimate and familiar term, "you" with the distancing, abstract word "people."

Really rude. Really rude.

Reveals a lot about who Ann Romney really is and how she feels about us ordinary "people."

German, French and Spanish have two forms of "you," one that is like "thou" and is used with people with whom the speaker is on close terms and another that is used in formal speech. You people combines and confuses these two kinds of "yous." We don't use the intimate word "thou" any more.

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