For this week’s task, i have chosen an ambiguous website, but one that certainly piques the youth’s interest.
Isn’t it weird that sometimes you have to search more meanings of certain words that are in someone else’s social media status? Can’t they speak in normal English? Or maybe they are and I am behind on new terminology. Honestly, have you gone days without listening to words like “Amazeballs” “Beleiber” “Bromance” “Yolo” ? An over complicated jagron, without any probable explanation. Now-a-days, one’s vocabulary is expected to be “on fleek”. These are one of those times where I log onto Urban Dictionary to get my “411”.
Ok, in simple words Urban Dictionary is a satirical collaborated online dictionary of slang words and phrases. I Admit it started off as a parody of dictionary.com by collage kids back in 1999. But since then UD has grown and profited several features including where new words can be added by visitors to contribute their knowledge. It gained popularity very fast amongst youngsters. People submitting thousands of words everyday, using slurs in their everyday life. By the beginning of 2014 UD featured over seven million definitions, and 2,000 words being contributed each day by frequent net users. However definitions submitted are automatically accepted or rejected by the volunteer editors. Feel free to comment about your opinion on this website.