Tom Garrett on the Origins of "Dude"

Tom Garrett Illustates an Original "Dude"

Faculty member Tom Garrett recently illustrated the origins of the word "dude" for Scholastic's Scope magazine.

Though it's hard to imagine, since most of us get an image of a dazed Ashton Kutcher à la Dude, Where's My Car? in our heads when we hear the word, it was first used to describe fashion-forward men of New York in the 1880s. 

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Published: March 26, 2014