referring to someone directly in an (often last-ditch) effort to relate
to that person on a less formal or "guy to guy" level.
Ex. 2.: "I used the dude on him. I said, "hey, dude; that's weird."
fella I want to tell you about, fella
by the name of Jeff Lebowski. At
least, that was the handle his lovin'
parents gave him, but he never had
much use for it himself. This
Lebowski, he called himself the Dude.
Now, Dude, that's a name no one would
self-apply where I come from. But
then, there was a lot about the Dude
that didn't make a whole lot of sense
to me. And a lot about where he
lived, like- wise. But then again,
maybe that's why I found the place
-The beggining narration of The Big Lebowski
"Hmm?...no..uh..im not mr.lebowski, YOUR mr.lebowski, im the Dude, so thats what you call me you know, that or uh duder or his dudeness or el duderino if your not into the whole brevity thing"