"dude" on Lexicon Valley

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Thu Jan 30 02:27:11 UTC 2014

On 1/29/2014 9:19 PM, Ben Zimmer wrote:
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> On the Lexicon Valley podcast, Mike Vuolo does an excellent job presenting
> the research by Messrs. Popik, Cohen, and Clements on the origins of "dude":
> http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/lexicon_valley/2014/01/lexicon_valley_the_etymology_and_early_history_of_the_word_dude.html
> Can anyone shed some light on the "nine on the side" line from the verse
> discussed in the podcast ("Here is the Dude")?
> http://books.google.com/books?id=6gwAAAAAMAAJ&pg=RA2-PA51

A sparse mustache, I think. One can (e.g.) Google <<"nine hairs on each

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