I really object to being called Dude? I don't know why but the term just really pisses me off. I checked in my Collins Australian English Dictionary; DudeUS) n. tourist, esp. in ranch district: Dude ranch; ranch serving as a guesthouse and showplace. I've never been a tourist in a US ranch district, whatever that is or stayed at a dude ranch. How did 'Dude' become so popular?