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    #1

    "..., a close buddy."


    "He was a good friend of mine, a close buddy. I will miss him."

    Does the underlined part give us more detail about what type/kind of friend?

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    #2

    Re: "..., a close buddy."

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post

    "He was a good friend of mine, a close buddy. I will miss him."

    Does the underlined part give us more detail about what type/kind of friend?
    The word "close" certainly gives us some more information. The word "buddy" is another word for a friend but it's used more commonly in AmE, more frequently by men (I believe) and I think probably only refers to certain friends.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "..., a close buddy."

    The term "(close) buddy" is quite common in Aust/NZ. People may have a number of good friends but usually very few close buddies. It suggests a more personal and relaxed relationship between people who have similar interests and enjoyments in life and happily spend a lot time together. As emsr2d2 says, it normally refers to men, but I have heard women and girls use it with the same meaning.

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    Re: "..., a close buddy."

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    The term "(close) buddy" is quite common in Aust/NZ. People may have a number of good friends but usually very few close buddies. It suggests a more personal and relaxed relationship between people who have similar interests and enjoyments in life and happily spend a lot time together. As emsr2d2 says, it normally refers to men, but I have heard women and girls use it with the same meaning.
    Out of curiosity then, would you only use the term "buddy" when talking about those "close buddies"? You said "good friends" but very few "close buddies". Would you describe the "good friends" as "buddies" but differentiate them from the others by calling the two groups "buddies" and "close buddies"?
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    Re: "..., a close buddy."

    Of course these usages overlap, and change with context, it would be wrong to be too definitive about it. However, in the context of friendship, the term "buddy" has an informality that often, I feel, reflects a particular warmth and spontaneity in a relationship. So someone who is described or seen as a close/best/bosom buddy would be a special friend. It's common in reference to kids: "Jimmy's made a lot of new friends at school and, luckily, his best buddy lives just around the corner". "Best mate" would be more common here, but I hear "best buddy" all the time.

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