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Robert Sale-Hill’s poem, The True Origin and History of “The Dude” (The New York World, January 14, 1883) introduced the world to the word Dude, and kicked off a full-on Dude craze. A-Dude-a-Day[i] Blog is dedicated to preserving and sharing pics, pieces and poems from the early days of the Dude-craze of 1883. You can read more about the history and origin of the word Dude on my blogpost, "Dudes, Dodos and Fopdoodles" on my other blog, Early Sports 'n' Pop-Culture History Blog.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Dude #18 - Dudu Dude

The term “dudu” is now applied to those dandified young society chaps in New York who are “just too nice for anything.”  The word is changed from dodo, an extinct member of the duck species, the peculiarity of which was its ridiculously small wings and tail on a big, puffed-up body.
The Rock Island Argus (Illinois), February 28, 1883, page 2 (The same article appeared in the Burlington Weekly Free Press (Vermont) (March 9, 1883, page 3) with the word correctly spelled as, “dude”.

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