Of Dudes and Dorks

Seemingly similar “dude” and “dork” couldn’t be more contrary in meaning.  Dudes are cool guys, buddies, friends, homeboys, fellows – in a different decade, mates in Australia.  You want to be called “dude” by your friends and especially those you would want to be friends with – they call you dude you know they accept you as their equal.   To my non-native language ears it sounded a bit rude at first but I have learned to accept that dude is an entirely positive, though very informal,  title.  Do not use in business settings!

The female version is “dudette”, it’s used more sparingly.  In rare cases even girls can be dudes, e.g. when they are roughing it out with the boys in the back country.

Dork is a different story.  Dorks are uninteresting, stupid, dull, hopelessly unfashionable, has odd interests, like speaks Klingon and can disassemble and reassemble a1987 Alpha Romeo blind-folded, and only eats pancakes on Wednesdays.  You get the idea.

Nobody wants to be friends with a dork, nobody really even wants to admit to ever speaking with one unless they are forced (e.g at work).  Dork is a word that is never ever said to somebody’s face.  I have never heard of a female version of dork.  In general it seems used mostly to describe males.


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