Once scholars agonised for years over additions to language. Now, online dictionaries enable instant updates
JONATHON GREEN: The Urban Dictionary is the antithesis of what I do. I, I don’t want to be sn – oh, the hell with it, I will be snotty. I - The Urban Dictionary is amateur hour. They’re students, at four in the morning, out of their heads and having fun and sending this stuff in. So for me, The Urban Dictionary is playtime, but it’s got nothing to do with lexicography. And I think an awful lot of it hasn’t got that much to do with slang.
Almost perversely, Urban Dictionary avoids most of the standard dictionary apparatus. You won’t find information about parts of speech, etymologies or even standard spellings in it. Its sensibility, in fact, borders on the illiterate, which must be a first for a dictionary.
EDITOR: The Urban Dictionary defines slang words or phrases not found in traditional dictionaries. Its content is contributed by anyone who has access to a computer. There is nothing factual about the claim the Wausau Daily Herald included in its article “Lincoln County police honored for meth busts” that Merrill is the “Meth capital of the world,” citing the Urban Dictionary as though it were a credible source.
[The author] makes the ill-advised choice of citing the Urban Dictionary website, one of the least reliable online sources for things linguistic, in pinpointing the earliest use of a word.
It’s almost Urban Dictionary’s 10th half-birthday and we’re inches away from five million submitted definitions since 1999!
Holler if you’re interested! jobs.urbandictionary.com
According to ComScore, the top three sites with the highest growth of unique visitors in February, compared to January, were UrbanDictionary.com, FormSpring.me, and InfoLinks.com. Both UrbanDictionary.com and FormSpring.me more than doubled their visitor count, with 134 percent and 124 percent growth rates, respectively.
UrbanDictionary attracted 12.566 million uniques, and FormSpring attracted 6.492 million uniques. InfoLinks attracted 15.73 million unique visitors.
It’s important to note that these represent the sites with the highest growth in the top 500 sites ComScore tracks. UrbanDictionary’s rank is 105 out of the top 500, FormSpring ranks 210, and InfoLinks is 80.
But times have changed and now the Internet has become a teeming compendium of all the outre things that we are doing to one another. And, as the good people at Proximo Spirits found out to their dismay, before you give your product a name, you’d better check with the Urban Dictionary.
Tonight Urban Dictionary accepted its four millionth definition since 1999!