Guy, boy, gal, girl. What's offensively diminutive, what's acceptable?
I am a guy.
When talking about other men, I generally use the term "guy", such as: "that guy over there", or "that group of guys".
When referring to people of the feminine persuasion, I can never decide what word to use.
I usually default to "girl(s)", but I realize that can be diminutive and sexist.
"Gal(s)" feels sort of out-moded, like I'm trying to be a character in a western.
"Woman/Women" feels sort of clunky and doesn't seem to represent people of my generation who seem to be resistant to growing up.
"Lady/Ladies" is one that I sometimes use, but it feels sort of hipstery and somewhat out-moded (though FWIW I have found that a lot of my female friends have taken to referring to their womanly parts as "lady-bits"...but maybe that's just something with my social circle).
, though along a different line.
Also, in reference to that last article, I live in the Northeast USA, but have traveled/lived around the USA and Canada.