Dude, so like what’s a “dude” anyway?

A while ago, we posted The Dude Factor about two recent virals centered on the word “dude”.

  • ·On The Voice – Italy, rapper Jay-Ax told contestant Sister Kristina: “We’d be a perfect team. You’re the holy water, I’m the Dude”
  • ·On Fox’s Special Report, former Obama NSC point man Tommy Vietor said of the Benghazi murders: “Dude, that was like 2 years ago”

Curiosity got the best of me re: the origins and use of the expression “dude”.

First, directly from the Urban Dictionary:




Here’s a brief history of the term …



According to MentalFloss.com, “dude” was first used in the late 1800s as a term of mockery for young men who were overly concerned with keeping up with the latest fashions.

It later came to stand for clueless city folk (who go to dude ranches) before it morphed into our all-purpose laid-back label for a guy.

So where does dude come from?

A “massive, decade-long “dude” research project, amassed the world’s biggest collection of dude citations.”

Evidence points to “doodle,” as in “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”

“For some reason, this inspired someone to call foppish young men of New York City ‘doods,’ with the alternate spelling ‘dudes’ soon becoming the norm.”

If you don’t believe me, check out the definitive research summary in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Yep, you read that right … the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Hey, we have to research something …


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