boys and girls


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boys and girls

When not used to address children, a familiar and/or diminutive version of "ladies and gentlemen," i.e., everyone who is present. Boys and girls, we're going to conduct a quick survey on your experience with us today, if that's all right. Okay, listen up boys and girls: we only have three hours to complete this project, so let's get to work.
See also: and, boy, girl
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Our alpenstocks and muslin tails compelled attention, and as we moved through the village we gathered a considerable procession of little boys and girls, and so went in some state to the castle.
That little boys and girls should be tormented," said Henry, "is what no one at all acquainted with human nature in a civilized state can deny; but in behalf of our most distinguished historians, I must observe that they might well be offended at being supposed to have no higher aim, and that by their method and style, they are perfectly well qualified to torment readers of the most advanced reason and mature time of life.
My old master had many boys and girls, but not one, so far as I know, ever mastered a single trade or special line of productive industry.
It's quite appalling to see the number of children who have shot up into big boys and girls -- really young men and women -- these past two years.
They have purchased your slave judges, they have debauched your slave legislatures, and they have forced to worse horrors than chattel slavery your slave boys and girls.
Second, I suggest that all men and women, and boys and girls, who have so acquainted themselves with the essentials of the fine art of animal-training, should become members of, and ally themselves with, the local and national organizations of humane societies and societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals.
Happy the boys and girls who tell all things freely to father or mother, sure of pity, help, and pardon; and thrice happy the parents who, out of their own experience, and by their own virtues, can teach and uplift the souls for which they are responsible.
And to this day, in any town, city, or village, in which I, in my middle age, find myself, I look on with the eye trained of old experience, and watch the sweet innocent game played by the strolling boys and girls who just must stroll when the spring and summer evenings call.
We never succeeded in managing more than a dozen stolen meetings, and we kissed perhaps a dozen times--as boys and girls kiss, briefly and innocently, and wonderingly.
And the chances are that they have been good boys and girls for some time, because they couldn't help it.
If I stay here the same thing will happen to me which happens to all other boys and girls.
This is what boys and girls call disinterested affection, till they have boys and girls of their own, and then they see it in a rougher and very different light
The swimming events held on the second day included 50 metres backstroke for boys and girls, 200 metres breaststroke for boys and girls, 50 metres butterfly for boys and girls, 400 m e t r e s freestyle for boys and girls and 200 metres medley for boys and girls.
As both letters indicate, one provocative explanation is that boys and girls have distinct learning styles, which may be more effectively accommodated by same-gender teachers as they are currently trained.
Its main example was a scandal in an Arlington, Virginia, school, where a group of eighth-graders would get together for parties at which boys and girls paired off for sexual activities that eventually progressed from petting to oral sex.
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