Words that young men use to call each other

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Words that young men use to call each other

Post by Stevenloan » Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:19 pm

Hi guys! I notice that in American and Canadian movies, young men usually call their friends "dude", "man" or "buddy". What are the versions for The UK?

Thanks so much!

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Post by trolley » Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:50 pm

"Bro" or "brother" is also pretty common in North America. In eastern Canada, "boy" (often pronounced as "b'y", especially in Newfoundland) is often used. The most common UK (or maybe just England?) version is probably "mate" (also, not uncommon in Canada).
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:15 am

Most of these terms of address can also be uttered sarcastically or contemptuously.

Unless the speaker is sure of how their mode of address will be interpreted by the young man/men in question, caution is advisable: in case of doubt, addressing one's interlocutor by name would be the safest alternative. However, I think addressing multiple young men with "guys" or "you guys" will normally be safe.
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Re: Words that young men use to call each other

Post by Phil White » Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:05 pm

No longer being young, I hesitate to respond.
But I shall anyway!

It seems to me that, in most parts of the UK, young and old men alike still address their peers with "mate".
"Guys" to address a group of people is very common among younger people, and is no longer restricted to males only. The singular "guy" is not generally used to address someone directly, although it is often used to refer to a third person ("... that guy over there..."). In this case, it is generally only used to refer to a male (of any age).
"Bro" is certainly used among younger males, but I am too old to have had any direct experience of it!
"Pal" is a strange one. If it is still used (and I am not certain that it is), it is more likely to be sarcastic or even threatening ("Watch what you are doing, pal"). I think that some middle-aged and older people would still use it in the more traditional sense ("Hi, pal, how are you doing?").
"Buddy" is used by some people, and I feel that that one crosses all ages.

There are many, many more terms and phrases used in certain parts of the country and among certain social and ethnic groups
These include, for instance
"(my old) mucker" (I always thought this was London, which is where I know it from, but it is common up here on Merseyside as well)
"blood" (usually used by people to whom a "gangland" lifestyle appeals or who want to give the impression of being cool)
"cock" (London)
"comrade" (common in political left-wing circles, but not exclusively)

Interestingly, when I was young, at the end of the hippie era, everyone called everyone else "man". That died out with the hippies, but I have recently been hearing it again if I ever overhear young people talking. Perhaps it is experiencing a renaissance.
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Re: Words that young men use to call each other

Post by Bobinwales » Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:33 am

We have an interesting on in South Wales, but I understand that it can be found elsewhere in the UK, and that is "Butty". Originally your butty was someone you worked with underground as a miner, but it is now used as "friend", or "buddy" I suppose.
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Re: Words that young men use to call each other

Post by trolley » Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:54 am

Interesting, Bob, but what does it mean? Is there a connection to "but" and "bud" in the Welsh language...or in mining?
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Post by Bobinwales » Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:10 pm

I don't know of a connection anywhere John. As far as I am aware, "butty" is just a word. In my particular part of Wales we have "mush" as well. It is not as cosy as butty. You could meet someone in a pub and say, "Hello mush. I haven't seen you for a while". But, "Who do you think you are talking to Mush?" is also an option.
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Re: Words that young men use to call each other

Post by Stevenloan » Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:56 am

trolley, Erik, Phil White and Bob : Thank you all so so much for your help. I really appreciate it.

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