Full disclosure, I am not racist and my greatest fear is being labeled as one. I work with five other white people in an office and only one black girl; let's just call her Bridgett. This is an office where everyone is very close to one another, very happy, and we all generally tell each other hello and bye of a morning or afternoon. It truly is a wonderful bunch of folks. There isn't a bad one amongst the group. Bridgett has commented in the past about racial issues in history; we wouldn't argue or question her but rather just listen. Well today I wondered in late since a couple of us worked over several hours the night before. I was sitting at my desk and Bridgett walked by. I believe she was surprised to see that I slipped in so she says, "Hey". This simple use of a casual slang greeting does not bother me but I replied, "Hey girl". I immediately thought that I may have offended her. She is mid 20's and I am mid 30's. This was a comment I would have made to anyone in our age range. I think her hey kind of triggered me to reply with a really casual greeting. So my questions are: Is girl offensive to females the way boy is offensive to black males? Should I ask her if she was offended or just act like I didn't think anything of it? Honestly, I didn't when I said it.