I’m starting a swear jar for saying the word “guys”

I’m totally guilty of using the term “guys” on a fairly regular basis, even when giving talks in public. It’s very close to my “um”.

I want to stop. I really do. So, I’m giving myself an incentive.

I’ll donate $5 to Black Girls Code for every time I use the term “guys” in a public talk. Yes, I’m starting only with public talks so I can still pay the mortgage.


  • Please don’t interrupt an actual talk, let me know afterwards
  • This only applies to talks in the future, no fair going back in time to youtube
  • It’s $5 per usage, not $5 per person who catches me (again, gotta pay the mortgage)

Do you use the word “guys” when talking to groups of people? Join me!