Monday, April 25, 2011

U is for Urban Dictionary

The Urban Dictionary is a web-based dictionary of slang words/phrases and street lingo. The entries are posted and defined by readers so there are some off-color entries. If you can stand it, however, some of the words and definitions are laugh-out-loud funny.

According to Urban Dictionary, the site has almost 5 million words listed. Some of the entries are 'new' definitions of everyday words; words that commonly mean one thing but have evolved to mean something entirely different in 'today's' language. Other entries are made-up words and phrases.

Recent favorites:

Afterclap: The person who keeps clapping after all applause has stopped. Usually an overly enthusiastic parent attending his/her child's theatre performance, dance recital, or ball game.
Example - Even though Joe is a lousy soccer player, his dad is always good for a loud afterclap.

Dungeon Tan: The complexion of a video game addict who never goes outside.
Example -  We haven't seen Earl in days. He must be in the basement playing Xbox and working on his dungeon tan.

Fauxpology: An insincere apology. When an apology is due but instead the person shifts blame or uses twisted logic to divert responsibility.
Example - When Betty opened the discussion with "I know you thought I said..." I turned away because I knew she was offering another lame fauxpology. 

Go primitive: Instead of typing or texting a detailed message, you suggest a phone call.
Example - I've got loads to tell you. Let's go primitive tomorrow, I'll call you at 5. 

Premature exasperation: Getting upset about something before learning the details.
Example: When my boyfriend found out I was in a car wreck, his premature exasperation kicked in. Nobody was hurt and none of the cars were damaged.
Okay, I've spent way more time on Urban Dictionary than I intended to. Check it out for yourself, if you dare.

Do you have any favorite 'modern' words or phrases to share?

source: Urban Dictionary


  1. Thanks for the heads-up. I'll be sticking that one on under my favorites.

  2. They're great - I'll bookmark that site. Problem is, no-one will know the meaning of most of the words or phrases in forty years (and neither will I!)

  3. Hi Langley

    Yes, I've seen this site before.

    My son is rather fond of the words 'Whatever' 'Wicked' and 'Blazed'
    - not sure whether they are in the urban dictionary or need adding as he uses them a LOT!


  4. Hey Langley
    I had a goood chuckle reading these words !! No , I haven't heard of this site Urban Dictionary but I've seen a similar site that has to do with newly-coined words/phrases .I actually intend using a similar post for my "W" post ~ check it out in 2? 3? days time ...
    Nice to meet you ! Enjoy what's left of the A~Z Challenge !!


  5. Great resource the Urban dictionary is! I like thye dungeon tan, that's funny. My favorite I think is prolly, the way of saying probably for lazy people (I use it all the time when I write).

  6. Sounds like a great resource for an old-timer like me if I want to try my hand at YA. If I can stand wading through the nasty. Oh, the sacrifices we make for our art.

  7. I love the urban dictionary, it always cracks me up. Love your choices here, thanks for the laugh. :)

  8. LOL! I've never heard of it before. I'll definitely check it out. Those are hilarious!

  9. That's such a fun site at times. Always fun to learn new meanings behind words.

  10. LOL! I love Urban Dictionary! I find myself using it more because I work with an after school youth program and sometimes don't understand what the teens are talking about. Most times I kick myself for looking it up, lol.

  11. I do the same thing Bethy students get hooked on words that I don't understand, and then wish I STILL naive after looking it up! Great post Langley

  12. Urban dictionary cracks me up. I'll admit that I've had to look up quite a few expressions before, too.

  13. I actually had urban legend written in my list of topics but decided against it today for some reason.

    Love 'afterclap' and 'fauxpology'!

    Popping in by way of the A-Z Challenge. I’m blogging at:
    Write, Wrong or Indifferent
    Marie Anne’s Missives
    In the Garden With Sow-n-Sow
    Every Day Crochet

  14. I love that site. Dungeon Tan is classic.

  15. yo, i wonder if the urban dictionary also recommends that all words be lower case. this totally drives me crazy. i can't stand it. i also can't stand it when people use acronyms that i don't know. i need a tutorial or something. i got bff and lol, but that is the extent of my understanding. i'm only 40, too young to not be hip.

    btw (i know that one too), i like fauxpology. never heard that one before, but i've seen it in action. got to go now, dawg...


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