I admit it, I'm a geek. A math geek, a language geek... especially a language geek. Words are my first love (with typesetting and printing a very close second).
I read my encyclopedia, I read my dictionaries and I have been known (as I posted to a friend today) to quote from the American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots. I was delighted to find this -- while looking for something else entirely -- the origin of the word "dude" in Slate.com. (November 2013) "Dude" is a variant of Yankee Doodle: "...to call foppish young men of New York City 'doods' with the alternate spelling 'dudes' soon becoming the norm."
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