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The Story Behind tells the extraordinary history of the ordinary. Everyday objects are more closely examined, from their ancient beginnings through the present—all within 5-10 minutes.

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Jun 29, 2017

Sometimes I’ll be researching an episode and get the idea for another episode from whatever Google rabbit hole I find myself in. That’s how this episode came about -- while I was researching The Story Behind Surfing.

I got into the topic of words and phrases popularized because of surf culture. And also, because my husband has been begging me to do an episode relating to his favorite movie, "The Big Lebowski," this is probably right up his alley, dude.

I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Surfer Lingo.

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The History of the Dude - Good

A Brief History of Dude - The Atlantic

Kahuna - Online Etymology Dictionary

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The Woman Who Coined the Expression 'Surfing the Internet' - Surfer Today

Channel Surfing - Lex Maniac

‘80s Slang - Like Totally ‘80s

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