I enjoy reading and studying Ancient Greek (Homer especially) and Latin, I am a volunteer tutor of English as a Second Language at the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, and I am a member of the public speaking organization Toastmasters.
Run your fingers down a blackboard and this is how I feel when I hear the word: "like dude", "no way dude", "awesome dude." It's overused. When this word is used more than once in a sentence, the person comes across sounding uneducated.
Maybe if I drank a nepenthe this word wouldn't bother me.
"Words held a magical wonder for him. They represented the culmination of civilization, each in some way a repository of the past. He'd marvel at the appearance of every new scientific term that might quickly spawn a dozen other words. He described words until they shimmered with the excitement of life."
- Peter Funk in the introduction of the Reader's Digest Word Power Quiz Book (1995)