Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Do You Bro, Bra, or Dude?

Here's my story, sad but true
About a girl that I once knew.
She broke my heart, I became unglued,
It all started when she called me dude. 

   I came across The Dude Map: How Americans Refer To Their Bros at Looking at language used in Tweets, a forensic linguist looked at the use of slang terms that guys used for each other. "Dude" rose to the top as the most commonly used term, and I was like, dude, you GOT to be kidding!

   I've used, bro, bra, pal, man, and the like for years,.....but DUDE has been my label of choice. I've even donned crew, clan (as in Scottish,...NOT the other one), and so forth. In the end, dudes are dudes, in whatever form it takes.

   It was interesting looking at the most popular term used to refer to your bro in each part of the country. I wonder how that translates around the globe. In my time across the pond in England, I remember terms like chap, mate, and so forth. I'd be interested to hear what term was used in other parts of the world. Any way you slice it, we have our bros, dudes, or whatever. There's a distinct word we use to describe and refer to them with.

What's yours, dude?


1 comment:

  1. Generally a "dude" guy (most often used in the context of, "Dude, seriously?"). The whole concept, though, reminds me of the old Adam Sandler bit from "They're All Gonna Laugh at You!" where a group of guys get together and call each other Buddy, Homie and Dude.