Heard on The Judges:_dude_,slight semantic shift

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Apr 16 21:30:08 UTC 2010

Mid-thirty-ish, black male speaker:

"Your honor, I was going to get a job and _be a *dude* about it_."
[I.e. be a provider for his girlfriend and their family]

Certain phrases are common, IME, to all dialects of English and don't
get "slangified," so to speak. Replacing "be a *man* about it" with
"be a *dude* about it"?

As Hank Hill would say, "That boy ain't right!"

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

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