The Use Of The Phrase ' Dude '

898 WordsOct 30, 20154 Pages
In the early 1980’s, Scott F. Kiesling collected data on, and analyzed the use of the phrase ‘dude’ (Kiesling). This phrase, used both in the 1980’s, and in the present time, is used as a form of familiar address. Patterns of use can be established by examining both Kiesling’s data, and data that has been collected exclusively for Anthropology 170, a course held at California State University, Long Beach. Additionally, this data was not purposefully sought out but instead collected and collated as the author went about her day-to-day rituals over a period of approximately a week. In contrast, Kiesling’s data was collected and collated over a period of years, with the advantage of Kiesling’s previously held knowledge and skill as a professional. Due to the fact that there is such a vast difference between the author and Kiesling’s studies, there is a rather extreme difference in quantities of data collected. However great the differences are, though, it is possible to see that many of the patterns Kiesling identified in the use of the phrase ‘dude’ in the 1980’s have continued on well into the 21st century. The data collected in 2015 was, as previously stated, taken ‘on-the-go’, as the author went about her daily life. Therefore, the instances detailed in the index were heard at California State University, Long Beach, a small electronics retailer in Torrance, CA, and miscellaneous retail stores in both Torrance and Gardena, CA, visited sporadically during the dates of
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