Pimp Your Vocab with an Urban Dictionary
Is your dictionary chiseled into stone tablets? Is your vocabulary so ancient and dry that mummies are making fun of you? Are you puzzled that people snicker at the title of the Little Golden Book, shown here?
If so, you’re a lot like me, which is why Urban Dictionary (www.urbandictionary.com) is one of:
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Sometimes I want to know what something is, and my cobweb-covered Webster’s has no clue. Like what “emo” is. Urban Dictionary will at least point me in the right direction. (There are 1000+ definitions of emo there, but they all seem to include guys in heavy black eyeliner, tight jeans, greasy hair, and melodramatic music.)
Or, perchance, I might want to write dialogue for a character who is not 9 billion years old. And avoid making people toss their cookies by making a dumb reference to tossing a salad.
Urban Dictionary is a living, breathing thing. People post their own made up words or phrases, and others vote on them (or make them popular, with or without thumbs up votes).
I grew up as the daughter of a Recyclopath, but I didn’t have a name for him at the time.
Recyclopath: n. 1) A person who militantly engages in recycling and is so hostile to simply throwing away garbage, it borders on mental illness.
2) Pejorative for an extreme environmentalist
Leigh pees in a bucket and uses it to water and fertilize her garden–what a recyclopath!
My plan is to avoid nowhere stories, either telling or hearing ‘em, as much as possible.
nowhere story: A tale or recount of an event or events that doesn’t ever reach a particular point or meaning.
Duder 1: “So the other day I went into Foot Locker and saw a girl working there so I thought it was Lady Foot Locker, but it turns out it wasn’t.”
Duder 2: “Wow dude, thanks for that nowhere story.”
Now see, I would totally have thought this was about the board game.
Trivial Pursuit: A veiled invitation for sex.
“Do you want to come over and, uh, play Trivial Pursuit?”
I still have a few friends who do this (and not a one of them under 30 40 50). Bless them.
Granny spam: Unwanted, non-personal email received from a family member, friend or colleague.
Granny spam has usually been forwarded several times and concerns such inane topics as childish jokes, dubious political propaganda, spurious computer security alerts or claims of monetary recompense in exchange for forwarding of said spam.
Subject lines are often of the form “FW: FW: FW: FW: bullshit”
I know peeps who play Words with Friends… If they play this version, I really don’t want to know.
Turds With Friends: Playing the popular online game Words With Friends….while going to the bathroom. Every time I go to the bathroom, I bring my cell phone so I can catch up on my Turds with Friends games.
Urban Dictionary also offers name fun. So like, if I ever get that name thing figured out with numerology, I can pick the best name.
Bev: A wonderful quirky artsy girl. Shy on the outside, yet complex and misunderstood underneath that shell. Very sexy, big boobs, great curves and loves to give pleasure as much as recieving. [sic] Super intelligent and very loyal. A keeper, a BFF, a soulmate
Bev is a BFF that will always be there for you in good times and bad, one that will never let you down. (Awww, isn’t that special?)
Then again, maybe I want this kind of vibe:
Beverly: n. one who is bringing sexy back; one who is a mammajamma; one who is straight up gangsta; one who is a BFF; one who takes M-Diddy to prom; one who mingles with chemistry teachers; one who has hott buttery buns; one who is hillbilly Beverly is Jackocrackolyn, yo!
Beverly: A girl who does not take shit from anybody, who is always ready to fight.She has a lot of friends but people tend to think she is annoying. Other then that she is very gorgeous, feisty, intelligent, and has a nice body. She is talented. She is unique and different.
Did you see Beverly today? she looked pretty but not her attitude. UGHHHH!!! she can be annoying sometimes.
Okay, I’m annoying and ready to fight- but I at least I have hott buttery buns. And Urban Dictionary to help me figure out what an epiphanot is.
Beverly Diehl is a current member of RWA, LARA, SheWrites, SoCal Lady Bloggers and WriterUnboxed, and past president of the Glendale-based Alameda Writers Group (AWG). She also moderates an invitation-only fiction critique group that meets monthly in Burbank.
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