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Difference between "buddy" and "dude"?

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Difference between "buddy" and "dude"? #1 (permalink) Fri Nov 14, 2008 20:21 pm   Difference between "buddy" and "dude"?

Whats the diff. between "buddy" and "dude" ?

Is one more old fashioned?

Is one more AE vs BE?

Which one is more low level?

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Whats the diff. between "buddy" and "dude"? #2 (permalink) Sat Nov 15, 2008 3:06 am   Whats the diff. between "buddy" and "dude"?

Dude is more contemporary, but buddy is still in considerable use, I think. Both are primarily AmE. I don't know what you mean by 'low level'; both are acceptable among peers, and both would be rude if directed to inappropriate parties.
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Difference between "buddy" and "dude"? #3 (permalink) Sun Nov 16, 2008 4:55 am   Difference between "buddy" and "dude"?

Also, "buddy" means close, informal friend, while "dude" now just means the same thing as "guy". "Dude" used to mean a city dweller who was visiting a ranch, or a very fastidiously dressed man.

If you call someone you're angry at "buddy", then it can be insulting instead of friendly.
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