Here's one I picked up from an author I know. Instead of "ladies and gentlemen", try "gentlefolk". It's quicker/shorter, gender-neutral, and still sounds familiar enough not to be confusing to someone who hasn't heard it before.
@Terrana I like "ladies, gentlemen and sundry" but only for particular situations, like when I'm mimicking a 19th century Master of Ceremonies
(this happens more often than you might think <.<)
@InspectorCaracal I mean, I got the word from Rowyn via The Moon Etherium, so that context isn't so far from it.
@Terrana You know, I actually had a thought, "hmm I wonder if that was Rowyn", I feel pleased with myself xD
@Terrana folk is such a good word in general.
@Felthry It is, at that.
@Terrana A friend of mine has taken to using "mortals" as a substitute. It's still gender neutral, and it gives a bonus to intimidation checks if you think you need that.
@Terrana Also good if your audience includes elves.
@Terrana I'm also a fan of "gentlehobbits"
@Terrana or just "people"
@standsinshock Yes, depending what sort of tone you're going for. Just "people" doesn't work so well in the sort of formal or semi-formal setting that would usually see "ladies and gentlemen" employed.
@Terrana i just use "ladies, gentlemen and others" -- covers everything
@standsinshock That it does! I've also heard it expressed as "ladies, gentlemen, and our friends outside the binary," which made me smile. I like "gentlefolk" because it's a shorter way of expressing all that, but lots of other things also work.
how about "hello combinations of atoms that have consciousness and can process the information presented in this talk/rant/egg beater"
@standsinshock Hee. That's more "TED talk" than "night at the theatre", I think, but I'm going to have to remember that one next time I give a work presentation.
there's also bottom feeders if you ever feel like you want to capture the dead body of Friedrich Nietszche mario odyssey-style but cannot
@standsinshock Ooh, I like that one. "Ladies, gentlemen, and bottom feeders, your attention please. Stop that right now. Yes, you. Yes, that thing. Stop it. Thank you!"
@Terrana this is not meant to insult anyone, the bottom feeders part is for when you really do not expect polite people to come to your preseentation
@Terrana like, think of having your mom and dad die by getting run over by a bus rode by saddam fucking hussein's half-devil half-hitler cousing kind of cynical
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