December 09, 2004


We Keanuphiles already have embraced the "dude" in more ways than one. The word is such a part of our lexicon, I never give it a second thought when I use it. Of course, I also use the term "rad" in a non-ironic way sometimes, too.

Much to Roi's dismay.

Anyway, "dude" is more than just slang, more than a referential, more than a term of endearment (or lack thereof).

Dude is an attitude.

Dude is a way of life

JSONLINE/ (AP) -- Dude, you've got to read this. 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.").

The link to the paper (which cites the most excellent as a reference)is really interesting and includes all kinds of interesting "dude" data, including a huge spreadsheet listing the sujects, the addressees and the actual "utterances. I think my favorite is:

Dude, that is a lot of pie

And delving further into the subject, here's a NY Observer story that rightfully includes Bill and Ted as "Demigods of Dude".

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it wahs | from inside the mind of krix at December 09, 2004 12:55 PM .

Most excellent, Dude!

Posted by: Niobe on December 9, 2004 01:08 PM


Posted by: wanda on December 9, 2004 02:58 PM

..."dude" it's becoming an intellectual term LOL!

Posted by: lizzie on December 9, 2004 04:21 PM


Posted by: Keanuette on December 9, 2004 05:05 PM


Posted by: Cornflakes on December 10, 2004 09:21 AM


Posted by: lizzie on December 10, 2004 12:28 PM

did u mentionned? keanu, ashton and big lebowski, dude, that is trinity! i have to see bill and ted!( just howcan i?)

Posted by: vika on December 12, 2004 03:32 PM

lol his smirk is so cute in that picture...

Posted by: Cornflakes on December 12, 2004 08:13 PM

...a "holy" trinity *winks at Vika*

Posted by: lizzie on December 12, 2004 10:22 PM
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