Is there a single word that you use in normal conversation that can define what sort of person you are? Apparently, I am defined by my regular usage of the word ‘dude’.
I was recently introduced to a friend of a friend. I greeted this person with a friendly ‘Hi Dude, how’s it going?’ The reply came in the form of a question: ‘Are you a surfer or something?’ At the time, I was dressed in a suit and tie and sporting a pair of high-polished brogues. Nothing about my appearance would suggest that I was a ‘surfer’ other than my singular use of the word ‘dude’. The Macmillan Dictionary tells me it means ‘a man from a city in the eastern U.S. or Canada who goes on vacation to a western ranch’, but it doesn’t mean that to me.
I must admit, I use it often. Mostly as a greeting but often as an exclamation:
‘Did you see that gnarly wipeout on TV last night?’ ‘Dude! It was epic!’
‘Did you see those rollers off of the point last night?’ ‘Dude!It was gangbusters!’
I suppose this points out there are other words in my vernacular that are used differently to their intended meaning. To some, a ‘tube’ is a long hollow object. To others it’s the train they catch to work. To me it will always be a wave, where the top curls over to form an enclosed area to surf in.
So dude, do you surf? Do you ride the tail or prefer to have your toes on the nose? Are you a shredder or are you an old school longboarder like me? I ride a single-fin pintail tanker, although the stringer’s getting warped and the rails are thrashed.
No idea of what I’m talking about? You must be a Howlie. Think you know what I’m talking about, but have never ridden a surfboard? That’d make you a Kook. Just starting out as a surfer, then you’re a Grom. Whatever your take on surfing is, you’re all dudes to me.
I have a friend that always uses the phrase ‘dollars and cents’. Yes, he’s an accountant. What about you, dude?Email this Post