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    bro / buddy

    Can girls use "bro" and "buddy" to address their close male friends?

    For example, when a girl finds her very close male friend on Skype etc., can she start a conversation with "Hi bro" or "Hi buddy"?

    If not, could anyone please give me examples of what she can say instead?

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    Re: bro / buddy

    I see "buddy" used in a lot of English learners posts, and I can say that I've probably never used that as a form of address ever, and rarely heard it.

    I'm a little too old to say "Wazzup, bro?" to a male colleague. I can't imagine wanting to.
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    Re: bro / buddy

    Quote Originally Posted by pinkie9 View Post
    For example, when a girl finds her very close male friend on Skype etc., can she start a conversation with "Hi bro" or "Hi buddy"?
    If they are very close friends, they almost certainly have established ways in which they address each other.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 07-Dec-2011 at 13:48. Reason: formatting

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    Re: bro / buddy

    Thank you Barb_D and 5jj,

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    If they are very close friends, they almost certainly have established ways in which they address each other.
    Yes, but it's not very intersting for me to always address the person in the same way, so I'd like to know other ways for variety's sake.

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    Re: bro / buddy

    "Hi Barb!" with a genuine smile is a far better greeting than "'Sup, dudette?" or "Hozzit goin', girlfriend."
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    Re: bro / buddy

    I'm with Barb over here on the old lady bench.... I shy away from "dude", "bro" and all other such colloquialisms when addressing friends. When I was younger I'd sometimes address a male friend or co-worker of a similar age as "bud" or "dude" or "bro", but once you get to the age where you need bifocals in order to read fine print, saying "dude" sounds as painfully awkward as using outdated prhases like "groovy" or "totally tubular".

    If you're a teen or an early 20-something female, it's not unusual to address male friends (especially when texting or Skyping) as "bro", "dude", or "homes" (short for "homeboy") or "dawg".

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    Re: bro / buddy

    I'm assuming if a girl calls you "bro" she has no interest in a romance with you.

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    Re: bro / buddy

    Thank you everyone.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
     If you're a teen or an early 20-something female, it's not unusual to address male friends (especially when texting or Skyping) as "bro", "dude", or "homes" (short for "homeboy") or "dawg".
    That's what I wanted to know. Thank you so much.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I'm assuming if a girl calls you "bro" she has no interest in a romance with you.
    Yes, that's the situation I meant.

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