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  • Published a meaty book of Monster Ecologies. tinyurl.com/d6nfjf #
  • I have *got* to stop saying "dude" #
  • I will sleep atop the OED until such time as the "dude-itis" passes away into memory. And I will dream in lexigraphic technicolor. #
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black5sugars
Apr. 29th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
Dude!

dude
/dyood, dood/
• noun N. Amer. informal 1 a man. 2 a dandy.
— ORIGIN probably from German dialect Dude ‘fool’.
The term "dude" was first used in speech in 1873. It was first used in print in 1876, in Putnam's Magazine.

One of the earliest books to use the word was The Home and Farm Manual, written by Jonathan Periam in 1883. In that work, Periam used the term "dude" several times to denote an ill-bred and ignorant, but ostentatious, man from the city.

"Dude ranches," to which wealthy Easterners came to experience the "cowboy life," began to appear in the American West in the early 20th century.

It became prominent in surfer culture in the early '60s, but it wasn't until the mid-'70s that it started creeping into the mainstream. Some usages in pop culture have contributed to the spread of this word.

* 1883 - Political cartoon of Chester Alan Arthur pictures the refined, well-dressed President, with the caption, "According to your cloth you've cut your coat, O Dude of all the White House residents; We trust that will help you with the vote, When next we go nominating Presidents."

* 1889 - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain comments on how commoners in Medieval Britain worshiped nobility and title without question, for the sake only of a meaningless title: "...and the best of English commoners was still content to see his inferiors impudently continuing to hold a number of positions, such as lordships and the throne, to which the grotesque laws of his country did not allow him to aspire; in fact, he was even able to persuade himself that he was proud of it. It seems to show that there isn't anything you can't stand, if you are only born and bred to it. Of course that taint, that reverence for rank and title, had been in our American blood, too - I know that; but when I left America it had disappeared - at least to all intents and purposes. The remnant of it was restricted to the dudes and dudesses. When a disease has worked its way down to that level, it may fairly be said to be out of the system."
the_monkey_king
May. 1st, 2009 05:59 am (UTC)
That is a truly excellent summation of the origins and etymology of a wicked bit of ace vocabulary. Dude.
avidreader514
Apr. 29th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
Gnarly!
brainstormfront
Apr. 29th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
My life would be complete if I had a sound file of the Swedish Chef saying "Dude." :)

Steven
who wonders if dude has an umlaut over the u when spoken in German
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