Why I Hate “Urban Dictionary.”
Seriously? This embarrassment of a amalgamation of slag that is pages long of goofy, cornball, Emo-kid portmanteaus thrown together in some failed attempt at “creating” slang is what people are so often citing as their source for “slang” definitions? I am grossly embarrassed by some of the things that I have read from that page, as well as what some people cite (and be dead ass with it, too) as actual definitions.
From time to time, I have actually looked up certain terms just to see what would be posted there. Most of the time, I had to sift through several pages of “definitions” — most of which were so arcane and obscure that you must have literally needed to be there when the term was “created” to even understand the relevance or application — just to get to the one that I knew to be true. I read some of the definitions on there and I envision some doughy kid who picks and eats boogers as the types who post there. The worst is when slang terms with very specific, localized relevance get hijacked and turned into something completely new on Urban Dictionary.
Sort of like the sad case now when you Google ANYTHING related to “Harlem” and nothing but pages of “Harlem Shake” (i.e. the “dance” craze that features a bunch of people who look like resurrected zombies who have freebased meth, PCP and ‘shrooms) before you can arrive at results that are anything close to being relevant to what your search was intended.
Portmanteaus (not doing it, you should know the meaning anyway, look it up yourself, sorry) have their place in society, but when they become the de facto means of “developing slang,” you know you have missed the point of slang in the first place. And probably have a missing chromosome or two, as well.
Slang cannot be so arcane that no one other than those who were in your parents’ basement playing Call of Duty two summers ago are the only ones who can even begin to explain the catch. Slang is a unifier of sorts, just as colloquial language is spoken by people with shared experiences, perspectives and generally share the same community in geographic location. However, from what searches I have conducted, I have rarely come up with the understood definition of certain slang terms. Usually, when I did come across the accurate definition, it was on the next to last page, behind a bunch of foolishness and nerdy humor (on “Urban Dictionary”? Does anyone else sense a level of disconnect here?), very bad and bitter beer face-painful attempts at being “cool”, which is all “wavy” means, for those who like to psychoanalyze the origins of slang terms.
Can you imagine cats posted up on the block muttering 90% of what you read on Urban Dictionary as defined terms?
There should be a new moniker for that website, or flush the cornball garbage removed. It is painful to read like a bout of appendicitis.
Rant for the day over.