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James81
03-12-2009, 02:36 AM
Doesn't matter what it is, if you throw a "dude" in there it just makes it seem way less harsh.

Example:

"You're an idiot."

"You're an idiot, dude."

It also depends on where you place the "dude" as to how much it blunts the blow.

For example, "Dude, you're an idiot" is more harsh than "You're an idiot, dude."

What do you think?

Unique
03-12-2009, 02:39 AM
Duuude...you're awesome. You're right. :D

And being called an asshat just doesn't seem as ugly as being called an asshole.

You shouldn't make me think these deep thoughts, dang ya.

Ken
03-12-2009, 02:45 AM
have heard this one a lot: "You need to chill out, dude."
Does seem soften the statement. Good observation.

willfulone
03-12-2009, 02:47 AM
Why would anyone use a "softener" to mitigate such statement? Is it for one does not really wish to call the name at all? Or do they just not wish to get decked for the name calling?

Seems pretty transparent to call a name with a softener. Kinda like giving a "backhanded" compliment.

Why bother making the statement if one is going to mitigate or lessen it in any manner?

Christine

ETA: If ya feel one needs to chill and you must say it (don't know why one would HAVE to, but...) why mitigate the statement?

It is not right or wrong - just wondering why...

Unique
03-12-2009, 02:51 AM
Why would anyone use a "softener" to mitigate such statement? Is it for one does not really wish to call the name at all? Or do they just not wish to get decked for the name calling?

Seems pretty transparent to call a name with a softener. Kinda like giving a "backhanded" compliment.

Why bother making the statement if one is going to mitigate or lessen it in any manner?

Christine

You answered your own question.

Pagey's_Girl
03-12-2009, 02:58 AM
The thing is that in the movies, getting decked usually leads to lots of sympathy nookie. In real life, it usually results in the girl saying, "Dude, you're an asshat," and walking off.

Medievalist
03-12-2009, 03:02 AM
I think it depends entirely on the user, and the context ;)

Wayne K
03-12-2009, 03:15 AM
Worst thread ever dude.

KTC
03-12-2009, 03:19 AM
I think the word dude is a dud. I hate when people in meatspace use it. Ack. I look at them derisively and try to visually cleanse my space of their idiocy. "Be gone," I beg of them. Idiots.

MaryMumsy
03-12-2009, 03:20 AM
Since I may be a 'dudette', but am certainly not a 'dude', I would find the insult even more insulting. :D

MM

Rolling Thunder
03-12-2009, 03:32 AM
I think the word dude is a dud. I hate when people in meatspace use it. Ack. I look at them derisively and try to visually cleanse my space of their idiocy. "Be gone," I beg of them. Idiots.

Bite me, Dude.

KTC
03-12-2009, 03:33 AM
Bite me, Dude.


How does one bite a big yellow dot who is all teeth?

Rolling Thunder
03-12-2009, 03:35 AM
Very carefully.

willfulone
03-12-2009, 03:37 AM
You answered your own question.

You think is for not wishing to get decked?

I was wondering, I did not think that was the answer at all, just tossed out a supposition.

Interesting.

Christine

Joe270
03-12-2009, 07:14 AM
When I first saw this thread I thought, dude! But then I read the OP and I was more like, dude.

Then KTC comes along and I'm all like, dude.

But then RT says 'Bite me', and dude, that was mango. Seriously, dude.

Now I'm more like dude than dude. Ya know what I mean, dude?

maestrowork
03-12-2009, 07:15 AM
you all suck dudes


p.s. this is a good example of how important the comma is...

Ziljon
03-12-2009, 07:17 AM
you all suck dudes


Dude?

Joe270
03-12-2009, 07:31 AM
Fun without commas.

maestrowork
03-12-2009, 08:23 AM
Fun without commas.

Is that a comma comma comma comedian?

Joe270
03-12-2009, 08:27 AM
Karma, dude. Instant Karma's gonna get you.

maestrowork
03-12-2009, 08:56 AM
Karma suitcha, dude.

Joe270
03-12-2009, 09:00 AM
Twisted sex? I've seen pictures.

Looks like too much work, and one might 'get bent', if you know what I mean. (Guys from the waterbed era know exactly what I mean.)

Get bent, dude. Now give me back my man card.

maestrowork
03-12-2009, 09:01 AM
the card is right there if you'd just reach around, bent duuudde.

Lyra Jean
03-12-2009, 09:05 AM
Duuude! Just sayin' ya' know...

maestrowork
03-12-2009, 09:07 AM
dddddd0000d!

Joe270
03-12-2009, 09:09 AM
the card is right there if you'd just reach around,

I already got it. Apparently you were distracted by grammar at the time.


Ooops, forgot to add: dude!

Wayne K
03-12-2009, 09:54 AM
As I said earlier. Worst...thread...ever.

Wayne K
03-12-2009, 09:55 AM
Dude.

Susie
03-12-2009, 11:55 AM
Bite me, Dude.


I will, RT, but only if ya taste like chicken, dude. :) *Runs away.*

shawkins
03-12-2009, 05:56 PM
Since I may be a 'dudette', but am certainly not a 'dude', I would find the insult even more insulting. :D

MM

That's a common misconception. "Dude" is gender neutral and in fact is making some inroads to cross-species use. In 100 years it will be the only pronoun.

Unique
03-13-2009, 03:01 AM
That's a common misconception. "Dude" is gender neutral and in fact is making some inroads to cross-species use. In 100 years it will be the only pronoun.

That will make life so much easier. Lucky dudes.