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Old 12-06-2013, 08:52 AM
InsaneMystic InsaneMystic is offline
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I've been using "gals" for decades... and was pretty surprised to hear that it's rated as outdated/unusual by native speakers (only about a year ago). But I may as well be generally out of touch.

Originally Posted by Garriguette View Post
**"Dudette" sounds comic to me, because where I live now, "dude" is less often used as a marker of direct address and more often used as a synonym for "whoa," especially if pronounced with an elongated vowel.
Hehe, I've picked up "dudette" from R. five years ago or somesuch; I could hardly imagine going without that word anymore nowadays. And I've found you can use it in the sense of "whoa" just as well, if you don't mind sounding comical: "dudAAAAtte!"
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