Words   Friday, March 05, 2004, 23:55 GMT
Do you think you overuse the word ''dude''? A lot of people say that's one of their most overused words. People make a list of their overused words and a lot of people have ''dude'' in their list.
Ryan   Saturday, March 06, 2004, 01:48 GMT
No, my dialect is very non-Californian. I tend to say "man" a lot more than "dude."
Words   Saturday, March 06, 2004, 02:12 GMT
...and a lot of people have ''dude'' in their list.

ON their list
Words   Saturday, March 06, 2004, 02:53 GMT
Oh, the overuse of ''dude'' is mainly a Californian thing.
Ryan   Saturday, March 06, 2004, 17:00 GMT
It's origin in colloquial slang is mainly California surfer talk, but lots of people around the country say it now. Of course, it's real origin is from Western cowboy talk. I just happen not to say "dude."
A.S.C.M.   Saturday, March 06, 2004, 19:06 GMT
I don't overuse 'man' and I never say 'dude'. The same applies to most of my friends, as most of them are also immigrants (though they're mostly from Asia). The typical-Californian-stock whites in my school, who are quite rare in a sea of immigrants, do indeed overuse 'dude'.

I think I overuse 'maybe', 'perhaps', and 'probably' in my speech.
Alice   Saturday, March 06, 2004, 23:25 GMT
I don't know if I over use it, but I do use it with some frequency. I like it, it's so versitile!
mjd   Tuesday, March 09, 2004, 23:02 GMT
I will often use the word "dude" when speaking with friends and peers. What Alice said goes for me too...I use it frequently, but not to the point where it becomes obnoxious.
wassabi   Monday, March 15, 2004, 21:05 GMT
i heard that another meaning of dude was a zit on a donkey's ass....don'tknow if that one's true.
Jim   Monday, March 15, 2004, 23:41 GMT
I never use it.
Words   Tuesday, March 16, 2004, 01:35 GMT
Jim, You never use which meaning of ''dude''.
momo   Tuesday, March 16, 2004, 05:00 GMT
Etymology-Online says:

dude - 1883, "fastidious man," New York City slang of unknown origin. The vogue word of 1883, originally used in ref. to the devotees of the "aesthetic" craze, later applied to city slickers, especially Easterners vacationing in the West (dude ranch first recorded 1921). Surfer slang application to any male is first recorded c.1970. Female form dudine (1883) has precedence over dudess (1885).
momo   Tuesday, March 16, 2004, 05:03 GMT
Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology says:

It comes probably from a German dialect Dude "fool".
Josh   Tuesday, March 16, 2004, 06:55 GMT
I tend to say 'like' and 'nevermind' a lot. To a fault maybe. The word 'dude' derived from California but has really become known as an all-American word. I live in Texas and hear it on a regular basis.
Doon   Wednesday, March 17, 2004, 03:22 GMT
I think 'mate' is a British counterpart for 'dude'.
I never heard the word in America.