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‘Girls’ Not Prejudicial

I was surprised at Matthew Belmonte’s letter about The Tech’s “prejudicial language” [“The Tech Must Avoid Prejudicial Language,” Sep. 8]. I can only assume that he lectures in humanistic studies and not in writing. This is a simple mistake concerning the use of the word “girl.”

In modern American English, “girls” is the female counterpart for the term “guys.” The word “gal” still exists, but it is used extremely rarely. The American Heritage Dictionary claims that this is an informal usage of “girl,” but it claims the same of “guy.” I believe that if The Tech used the term “guys” to describe some people at a frat party, it would hardly be considered diminutive.

Robert J. Ragno G