Dude, what’s the deal with ‘dude’? This week on How to Behave, Brian Keyser and Hannah Howard are discussing the etymology of the word ‘dude’. Dr. Scott Kiesling wrote his linguistics dissertation, entitled “Dude”, on the growth of the word and its pervasiveness in America. Scott Hylbert is a San Diego native who grew up in the thick of ‘dude’ culture. Hear about the word’s suspected origins in Southern California, and how films like The Big Lewbowski and Fast Times at Ridgemont High spread the term. Is there a female equivalent for the term ‘dude’? Find out how the word ‘dude’ is similar to the Mandarin language! How does the term reinforce heterosexuality? Dude, you can’t miss this episode of How to Behave! Thanks to our sponsor, Fairway Market. Music has been provided by Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord.

“‘Dude’ is not a term that shows intimacy. It’s not something that you should be calling your boyfriend of girlfriend.” [17:45]

Dr. Scott Kiesling on How to Behave