Is “dude” a Name for an Elephant’s Infected Hair?

The official meaning of the word “dude” is not an infected hair on an elephant’s butt. This particular meaning of “dude” is used as a slang word, and it is mostly passed on as a myth or urban legend.

The word “dude” comes from New York City slang. It originally meant a man who cared a lot about how he looked, how he dressed, and how he treated other people. Most of the time, “dude” is just a way to talk to a man, a woman, or a group of people in general. In western U.S. slang, it can also mean a city person who has come to a ranch to spend their vacation.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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