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Old 08-17-21, 05:11 PM
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Is there an age limit to be called "bro"?

I'm 60 y.o. I look like I'm still in my 30s.

On Saturday, I was at the gym. A young guy (probably in his 20s or 30s - my eldest son is 30) approached me and called me 'bro'.

If I looked more my age would he have called me 'bro' or 'sir'?
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Old 08-17-21, 05:35 PM
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Some people (mostly young men) use "bro" as an all-purpose form of address. I wouldn't read too much into it.
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As far as I'm concerned, "Bro" is only acceptable when used towards me by my brother.
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Old 08-17-21, 05:58 PM
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You can call me "bro" or dude or whatever. It has nothing to do with me. It's all about the speaker and it doesn't bother me at all.
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Old 08-17-21, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
...It's all about the speaker and it doesn't bother me at all.
Yes, this. Guys who call other people "bro" typically don't do it as an affectionate thing. It's all about trying to sound young and "hip," although it usually just comes off dopey.
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Old 08-17-21, 06:52 PM
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Better than "Buddy"!

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Old 08-17-21, 06:52 PM
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Were you riding a bike?

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Old 08-17-21, 07:03 PM
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I can't stand it when I hear people use "Bro" or "No Worries". It just rubs me the wrong way, it sounds stupid.
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Old 08-17-21, 07:25 PM
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I am almost 52 with an athletic body of a 22 year old...I would hate if some gym dick called me bro, that's why I avoid gyms and train at home or outside. i don't want anything to do with the modern gym scene. I have a different way of training and I don't want to associate myself with ego lifters.
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Old 08-17-21, 08:25 PM
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Iím 51 and been saying ďbroĒ since I was probably 15, and can only assume Iíll say it the rest of my life. Itís a universal saying and also great for those people you see now and then but forget their nameÖ I use it often and people I donít know use it often towards me. Itís something our generation pretty much came up with so imo thereís nothing wrong/weird/immature or whatever about it.
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Old 08-17-21, 08:26 PM
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As long as he doesn't call you Johnson, or refer to johnsons in any form whatsoever in a gym.

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Old 08-17-21, 08:27 PM
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Were you riding a bike?

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No. I was at the barbell rack setting up for rows.
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Old 08-17-21, 08:30 PM
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Originally Posted by LibertyFLS View Post
Iím 51 and been saying ďbroĒ since I was probably 15, and can only assume Iíll say it the rest of my life. Itís a universal saying and also great for those people you see now and then but forget their nameÖ I use it often and people I donít know use it often towards me. Itís something our generation pretty much came up with so imo thereís nothing wrong/weird/immature or whatever about it.
Except for the fact that I'm a dozen years older, I would say exactly the same thing.
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Old 08-17-21, 08:41 PM
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Like many things, it's all about the context. If someone I like calls me bro, it's a compliment. If a stranger calls me bro, I'm not offended if it's meant as a friendly greeting.

It's never a big deal, anyway.
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Old 08-17-21, 11:21 PM
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Dude.

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Old 08-18-21, 08:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Daniel4 View Post
I'm 60 y.o. I look like I'm still in my 30s.

On Saturday, I was at the gym. A young guy (probably in his 20s or 30s - my eldest son is 30) approached me and called me 'bro'.

If I looked more my age would he have called me 'bro' or 'sir'?
Can't make a determination without pictures, got any of your 30YO looking self
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I often use 'Brotherman' as an all-purpose address for other males, but generally only when 'age appropriate'. This sometimes catches people off guard (which is the intent) and nobody has ever expressed offense.
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Old 08-18-21, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by ClydeClydeson View Post
I often use 'Brotherman' as an all-purpose address for other males, but generally only when 'age appropriate'. This sometimes catches people off guard (which is the intent) and nobody has ever expressed offense.
My brother from another mother. Brotato chip.
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Old 08-18-21, 09:56 AM
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Would you rather be called "Pops" or "Granpa" ?

I'll go with "Bro" if that is what the other person thinks makes their conversation understandable.
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Old 08-18-21, 10:58 AM
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Funny, I'm a 24 year old with the body of an 81 year old.
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Originally Posted by Iride01 View Post
Would you rather be called "Pops" or "Granpa" ?
Funny story. My daughter (recently married) derisively called me "Grandpa" when I balked at giving Venmo my banking information to transfer a payment. My response:

"Speaking of "grandpa" ... when can we expect that to happen?"

I don't think she'll call me that one again. lol
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Stop ripping the sleeves and collars off your t-shirts and wear tech fabrics. Leave your turbo diesel’s exhaust stock and stop rollin coal. Eat with utensils. Take your sunglasses off if it’s not sunny, and especially if you’re inside or it’s past sunset. Put a curve in your baseball hat’s brim.

These things will go a long way toward getting you excommunicated from Brohood. It’s a process. Don’t give up.
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Originally Posted by LibertyFLS View Post
Iím 51 and been saying ďbroĒ since I was probably 15 ... Itís something our generation pretty much came up with so imo thereís nothing wrong/weird/immature or whatever about it.
First time I heard it was in the mid-1970s while I was stationed in SoCal. It came from Hawaiian Pidgin. One of my coworkers was a classic Hawaiian surfer slacker dude and used pidgin to goof on us. He said "brah" a lot. "Bro" morphed from that when the Anglo surfer dudes appropriated it. Now it's "bruh" in other subcultures.
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Hey man, I prefer bro over brother any day. Got it dude?
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No Age Limit

No. Thereís no age cutoff on what you can be called by someone else. Itís all on the caller. If they wanna call you Bro, Brother, Bruh, take it as a compliment - itís inclusive.
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