"The word is creeping into the lexicon in more and more ways that this writer finds a bit irritating. In a recent ‘helpful hints’ article, a couple wrote in to ask advice about selling their house as-is, or spending some money to fix it up first. The professional who writes the column started his advice this way: 'It’s really up to you guys to decide.' Is the word ‘guys’ really necessary there? Does it add anything? If he had said, 'it’s really up to you to decide’, would some meaning have been lost? ‘You’, after all, can be single or plural. ‘It’s up to you (both husband and wife) to decide’."