Sample Literature Case Study on Observations of Language and Culture

The word “dude” originated in America in the early 19th century. It was used to refer to trendy young men. However, it has evolved to represent both men and women. Different types of ethnicity and races in America facilitated its evolution.  Recently, the term is accepted by many nations and contexts of its use have also widened. Therefore, this exercise was carried out to establish the use of the word “dude” and its equivalents in a conversation.

The word is common across many nations mainly in North and South America. It is mostly used among friends, classmates, and family members mainly in informal conversations such as during weddings, in playgrounds, clubs, and bars, as well as religious houses such as churches and mosques. For instance, in a conversation between two friends watching a football game, one of them said, “The American football team has well-built dudes.”

The word is currently accepted across all social cultures, history, ancestry, nations, and languages. The word is mostly used among teenagers to refer to their friends. It refers to both male and female friends but is commonly used among male friends. The older adults also use it to refer to their counterparts, kids, and grandkids. However, it is considered disrespectful to use the word to refer to older individuals such as one’s parent, grandparents, or their age mates. However, in most African American households, the term is commonly used without any boundaries. For example, “The marketing teams have hardworking chill dudes.” In this context, “dude” refers to the whole team composed of both men and women. The term should never be used in a formal situation such as offices, school, and universities as it is considered disrespectful and continuously using the term affects grammar.

The content and context of the conversation are informal on occasions such as games, wedding, and school. However, there were different contexts and contents of the conversation. Mostly, the content of the conversation was expressing happiness or as a means of salutation. For instance, “Hey dude?” as a means of salutation or “Hey dude!” to demand attention from someone you need to address. However, “dude” should be used to refer to someone you share similarities such as friends or someone who you don’t know but fits in the same age as you.

In a conversation between two students participating in a group work, the term is used to mean different things. The term is used to mean “a fellow” when referring to a student in the same level of education, an individual at the same social status, or someone who you share some similarities. At the start of the conversation, I had someone say, “Dude, check, the answer is not as expected.” In this case, the elimination of the word does not alter the meaning of the statement; thus, it is used as a filler word. In another context, “Hey dude”! This is an amazing design.” The conversation is informal. In this situation, the word is used to express amusement at the designs. The term “dude” can be used in various contexts. It is used as an interjection, to mean a man and people at large and as a filler word. However, before using the word, it is essential to know the age and establish the relationship between you and the respondent. It is not advisable to use the word in a formal situation such as at work or an interview.