Dude -- professor studies 'dude'
A linguist from the University of Pittsburgh has published a scholarly paper deconstructing and deciphering the word "dude," contending it is much more than a catchall for lazy, inarticulate surfers, skaters, slackers and teenagers.
Reminds me of an old paper by Ross and Cooper called "Like Syntax", where the authors decipher the word like, "like". It seems like there is almost an entire cottage industry on this word now. Check it out, like, here:
And on a separate note, welcome to the fracas 2 _ !