I wonder, can I call my close friends "Old Sport" nowadays? What about my close female friends?

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    You can say it, but you run the risk of sounding like you are using it with irony or like a hipster doofus. (Perhaps those are synonymous.)
    – David M
    Feb 20, 2014 at 15:44
  • You could, but your style would probably be considered a bit awkward. These days, very few people say (no, correction: no one says) things like, “I say, old chap, I do rather fancy the way you treated that poor girl wasn’t quite pukka sahib”, and that’s the kind of talk where ‘old sport’ belongs. Feb 20, 2014 at 16:33
  • @JanusBahsJacquet, "old chap", what about it? Can I use it as well?
    – Incerteza
    Feb 20, 2014 at 16:59
  • @JanusBahsJacquet: no one? You, sir, are nothing but a cad! Feb 20, 2014 at 17:37

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Someone's been watching The Great Gatsby! :-) I'd say "Old Sport" is pretty outdated..Try saying "bro", "buddy" or, in British English, "mate".

Girls call there closest friends "sis" or "girl friend".

What do guys call their best "girl friend" (platonic)? To be honest, I don't know--probably it doesn't happen in real life. :-D

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    Gal pal is a good usage for that.
    – David M
    Feb 20, 2014 at 15:38
  • Louel, do you remember the thread titled “How do we call (something) in English?”?
    – Tristan r
    Feb 20, 2014 at 16:06
  • In my experience, girls call each other by their names, or refer to them as friends. Feb 20, 2014 at 16:09
  • @Tristanr I sure do. And?
    – Louel
    Feb 20, 2014 at 16:10
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    It was the basis for why the last line of your answer, needed to be edited. You did it, which is an improvement.
    – Tristan r
    Feb 20, 2014 at 16:18

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