Dude, where's my frumpy English prof?

Via the Houston Chronicle:

A linguist from the University of Pittsburgh has published a scholarly paper deconstructing and deciphering the word “dude,” contending it is much more than a catchall for lazy, inarticulate surfers, skaters, slackers and teenagers.

An admitted dude-user during his college years, Scott Kiesling said the four-letter word has many uses: in greetings (“What’s up, dude?”); as an exclamation (“Whoa, Dude!”); commiseration (“Dude, I’m so sorry.”); to one-up someone (“That’s so lame, dude.”); as well as agreement, surprise and disgust (“Dude.”).

Dude! Like, whatever.

0 thoughts on “Dude, where's my frumpy English prof?

  1. The word “dude” was used by Blacks in the sixties. If someone is going to waste time tracking down the origin of the use of this word he’s going to have to go a hell of a lot farther back in his research.

  2. Makes me remember one (I think radio) skit in which a guy managed to get through a huge range of emotions just by saying “Dude” repeatedly with different intonations.

    Dude!
    Duuuude.
    Dude.
    Dude?

    (And then, the newbie, trying out the word for the first time: Dood?)