If i walk into a room full of men and women and say 'Hi dudes' ?

(56 Posts)
Whodyanickabollockoff Mon 12-Nov-12 22:32:26

Like it was a youngish crowd and some bloke i'd never met before goes and 'dudettes' also???I always thought it was a uni-sex word 'dudes'.Please correct me if i'm wrong.TYIA

RobinSparkles Mon 12-Nov-12 22:35:18

According to Wikipedia it's just slang for an individual here.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 12-Nov-12 22:35:51

You're not wrong, but possibly slightly cringy.

Dudes is very Bill and Ted.

Whodyanickabollockoff Mon 12-Nov-12 22:38:29

Would you mind if i said 'thanks dude' to you then Robin ?

I hate that word. My housemate walks in saying that Every. Sodding. Day. Hate it.

I think it's unisex though?

RobinSparkles Mon 12-Nov-12 22:38:58

It makes me think of early 90s and strange air guitar antics!

Whodyanickabollockoff Mon 12-Nov-12 22:40:14

Thanks Beaver

Whodyanickabollockoff Mon 12-Nov-12 22:40:53

lol Robin grin

Whodyanickabollockoff Mon 12-Nov-12 22:41:31

It was in a chat room on line btw

I say Lads. With a thick Irish accent. Seems to cover all sorts.


YAWBU to use 'dudettes'!

TSC used to call everyone 'dude' on here.

Whodyanickabollockoff Mon 12-Nov-12 22:44:08

BottomWeekly will you say that to a room full of both sexes?

Whodyanickabollockoff Mon 12-Nov-12 22:44:49

LRD what does YAWBU mean please? TYIA

'You would be unreasonable'.

But I don't mean it entirely seriously! grin

I think 'dudettes' sounds funny. And you could argue it is less feminist to take a term that isn't gender-specific and make up a secondary term that is obviously feminine to supplement it.

<nods wisely>

Cluffyfunt Mon 12-Nov-12 22:47:07

I was thinking of TSC when I read the op.
Where is she?
I liked her.

squoosh Mon 12-Nov-12 22:47:57

Dudes? I can only say that word if I put on a California, skater, stoner voice.

She got banned for things she shouldn't have got banned for, basically.

Not that I'm partisan.

Fakebook Mon 12-Nov-12 22:50:27

It was an online chat room. Who cares?

Fakebook Mon 12-Nov-12 22:50:56

Technically you didn't walk into A room of people either...

Whodyanickabollockoff Mon 12-Nov-12 22:51:53

Thanks LRD i ended up in a bit of a barney with this bloke .I apologised because i thought i must be in the wrong i say 'sorry ladys good evening to you aswell'(whatever) then i go 'How's it going' and then he goes 'How's what going?' .I left the room WAs he being unreasonable or was i being unreasonable? We have since gone on to have a massive fight on line about this today.Your thoughts please?

VivaLeBeaver Mon 12-Nov-12 22:55:38

He's an arse.

Whodyanickabollockoff Mon 12-Nov-12 22:56:48

fair call Fakebook

nicki1978 Mon 12-Nov-12 22:57:12

I tend to just use peeps when I'm saying hello or goodbye to family and friends. Xx

Whodyanickabollockoff Mon 12-Nov-12 22:58:49

Thanks VivaLeBeaver smile .that's made me feel better , been feeling shyte about it most of the day

AnyFucker Mon 12-Nov-12 22:59:02

I think that bloke sounds like a pedant of twatty proportions and you should tell him to fuck right off

This is the second thread I have seen this evening where the sadly-missed TSC has been mentioned smile

I think life is too short! He sounds bizarre.

picnicbasketcase Mon 12-Nov-12 22:59:18

I say dude all the time, I like it. Male or female, everyone is a dude. Dude.

Whodyanickabollockoff Mon 12-Nov-12 22:59:22

lol nicki very 1990

Whodyanickabollockoff Mon 12-Nov-12 23:00:05

he was bizarre LRD and very angry

FourthTimeAround Mon 12-Nov-12 23:00:18

Dudes means men or boys in my book. As does guys (kids TV presenters please note)

Whodyanickabollockoff Mon 12-Nov-12 23:00:45

hey picnicbasketcase high five dude grin

VivaLeBeaver Mon 12-Nov-12 23:02:57

Yes, I say guys. Unisex.

Tell the bloke he's an arse, a rude arse. Then tell him to fuck right off. It's him not you.

MaryMotherOfCheeses Mon 12-Nov-12 23:04:06

Good god, do people really say "dude"?

And (even worse) "dudette"???

Mmm. I avoid guys as I think of it being gendered.

Guess it is all up for debate.

Whodyanickabollockoff Mon 12-Nov-12 23:05:00

I know originally 'GUYS' i always thought was a male word and has become a uni-sex word like 'DUDES' has imo. I wonder what Charlie Brown or Beavis and Butthead would have made of it all.

Whodyanickabollockoff Mon 12-Nov-12 23:08:56

'Shaggy' from Scooby do used to say it and i think he used to say it to the girls I think they were called 'Thelma and Louise'.

Thanks for all your kind words and support i appreciate it smile

VivaLeBeaver Mon 12-Nov-12 23:12:07

I consider guys to be better than girls. Someone at work who is my senior in job terms but only about 5yo than me refers to me and my counterpart as "the girls". It gets on my tits. I've a fairly senior job though not as senior as hers. Makes me feel like a 16yo YTS trainee.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 12-Nov-12 23:12:33

Velma and daphne?

BarbecuedBillygoats Mon 12-Nov-12 23:13:05

Thelma and daphne

Dudes unisex though slightly cringey
As is guys

BarbecuedBillygoats Mon 12-Nov-12 23:13:21


BarbecuedBillygoats Mon 12-Nov-12 23:13:38

Duck it. Velma sodding phone

Whodyanickabollockoff Mon 12-Nov-12 23:14:09

Thanks VivaLeBeaver nice one grin

Whodyanickabollockoff Mon 12-Nov-12 23:17:08

What about the rhyming 'Hi Guys' ? Surely thats has a nice ring to it and is a 'cool' thing to say .It seems to send out a message of youthfulness .I expect you wouldn't say it to a bunch of grannies and grandads nor 'dudes' grin

charlearose Mon 12-Nov-12 23:21:24

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

socharlotte Mon 12-Nov-12 23:25:13

Maybe it's a regional thing but round this way a dude is male!

You should have been pulled up for using the incorrect greeting. The correct form is clearly, 'Yo dudes!'.

Whodyanickabollockoff Mon 12-Nov-12 23:28:17

vivalebeaver i can totally relate to that being called 'the girls' would drive me round the bend i supposed you could start saying alright 'girl' to her when she talks to you like that or is that a bit nonchalant maybe but is infact mirroring what she is saying. It was bit like me growing up as the youngest son i was always referred to as a 'little brother' by my elder brother and i jsut hated it being called 'little' in the same way you hate being called 'the girls' .It used to bug me

Whodyanickabollockoff Mon 12-Nov-12 23:29:16

grin ArbitraryUsername , well spotted grin

BarbecuedBillygoats Mon 12-Nov-12 23:31:03

Online chat room
Alright numpties
Wassup muppets
Yo dudinis
Howdy suckers

All fine

He was a twat. Greet people how you want, as long as its appropriate and with friendly intent

TheCatInTheHairnet Mon 12-Nov-12 23:40:16

Dude is for everybody here, but suits guys more imho.

Whodyanickabollockoff Mon 12-Nov-12 23:40:23

Thanks for that BarbecuedBillygoatssmile.I was trying to be friendly , like i am here smile much appreciated.

CaliforniaLeaving Tue 13-Nov-12 03:44:20

Dude, I use for male and female, same as I do with Guys. I would never use Dudette, that is just totally wrong Dude!

FairlyDinkum Tue 13-Nov-12 04:46:22

and sing ... "Dude (looks like a lady)!"

HecatePropylaea Tue 13-Nov-12 07:03:08

You know when someone's angry at you online, here's what you do.

You ignore them. you carry on a conversation with those around them and you don't respond to their posts. You be light, you be jolly and you give NO indication that you can even see their posts.

They get so wound up they are chewing their keyboard and there's nothing they can do

It is very childish but immensely satisfying. blush

Euphemia Tue 13-Nov-12 07:18:25

Out HT (female) calls us "Lads". There's one male member of staff. hmm

Use lads here too. For my approaching their seventies Irish aunts in particular grin

Dudes and guys are unisex these days IMO.

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