NOTE: In order to help you comprehend this blog post, let’s enhance your vocabulary first.
Webtrovert: someone who is shy/ introvert in real life, but turns into full-on extroverted party animal on internet forums and sites
Freudian Click: sending an email to someone by mistake
Facebook Wit: the intelligent humor that nearly everyone seems to gain when they have half an hour to contemplate a witty response
Antisocial networking: using a social networking site to connect to other people but never communicating with those people once a connection has been established
Post-acquaintance friend request: the friend request sent right after meeting someone for the first time
Killing two pigs with one bird: a modern version of the popular saying, “killing two birds with one stone“; derived from the popular PC game, Angry Birds
Feed the beast: to send a text message to a high-maintenance partner in order to keep them sweet and avoid them getting upset that you’re ignoring them
MORE THAN DEFINING
During the 90’s…
Just a few years back…
Aside from defining a word, dictionaries have one more purpose in human’s life: to lessen our “huh?” reactions every time an unfamiliar word is mentioned.
But the words we’ve defined above show more than that. They go beyond defining their own meanings.
- They reflect our culture and behavior. They help one visualize what we do, what we think, what we know and how we understand the things around us. The words usually defined in Urban Dictionary are words related to social media and how we, the consumers, use it.
- They tell us that we have the power to define our worlds. Every word defined in Urban dictionary is user-generated — they come from the public. Anyone can add and contribute to the exhaustive list of words in the website. User-generated content (UGC) websites, such as Wikis, blogs, forums, etc., are very empowering. They allow everyone’s voice to be heard and to eventually make an impact. To help you realize this, go ahead and have fun reading the entries in Urban Dictionary.
- They permit and restrict. I’m not being ageist, but most of our grannies won’t understand words that are commonly related to new technology such as, BRB, GTG, ROTFL, LMAO, and teen talk, such as, epic fail and FTW. People who use these words create an invisible barrier which leaves other people, who cannot relate, out of the circle.
These are some of the reasons why there is a need to update our dictionaries.
RT: “WOOT WOOT! SEXTING NOW.” (BTW, did you get what this means?)
According to an article in Yahoo! Philippines, Oxford Dictionary included retweet, sexting and woot in its 400 new word entries to the 12th edition of their English dictionary, “some of which are a testament to the continuing evolution of language especially in the time of the Internet” (Yahoo! Ph). This expanding list of new words to be defined reflect the constant technological, cultural, behavioral and psychological changes in our world.
REALITY CHECK. So, are you in or out of the circle?