“Dude” has become a remarkably versatile word that can be used to describe a variety of people or express a whole host of emotions. But when “dude” first arrived on the linguistic scene, it meant something very specific. This video traces the history of “dude” from a word to describe 19th-century hipsters to its many uses today.

Writer dude Arika Okrent and artist dude Sean O’Neill teamed up to make this duderiffic video for Mental Floss.

[via Blame It On the Voices]