The Urban Dictionary has become a popular online resource for slang, but is it really a dictionary? Is it just a voting system, a crowdsourced source of slang? Let’s find out. It’s a website that features slang and evokes social scenes through inside jokes and social commentary. To get the latest list, visit urbandictionary.com and subscribe to its Word of the Day.
UD has become a fogey
If you’re wondering how to become a fogey, there are several ways to do it. First, you must join Sloanes. Foanes are people who live in Sloane, Scotland. It is an acronym for Sloane time, and it was coined by British writers Peter York and ann Barr. The term became popular when Sloanes began to make comments about various aspects of British culture and literature.
“Fogey” is also an insult. It refers to an old fogey who’s been deemed too advanced for his generation. The term is also used to describe a military pay hike. It can also refer to someone who speaks really loudly. In fact, the term has been around for 20 years, and it is the source of the Young Fogey movement. The definition of “fogey” is based on two different definitions: military pay, and an unclear mind.
It is not a dictionary
The structure of a dictionary is not the same as that of a DSAE, which shows the typical frame structure. The front matter of a dictionary consists of an arbitrary group of functional text parts. The back matter, on the other hand, is a collection of macrostructural entries. A DSAE’s front matter contains a variety of functional text parts. For example, the front matter of a dictionary consists of a paragraph about the order of the senses, whereas the back matter is a series of entries about the history of the subject.
DSAE, on the other hand, does not include the full lexicon of a South African language. However, it contains exemplary lexicographical treatment. In addition to contributing to English lexicography, the DSAE offers valuable information to other South African languages. It includes a historical approach and comprehensive treatment of lexical items in the diverse varieties of the SAE. This makes it worth the attention of scholars whose research interests lie in historical linguistics and sociolinguistics.
It has a voting system
The voting system on the Urban dictionary allows users to rate definitions by giving them an “up” or “down” vote. Because there is no established standard for good definitions, users’ judgments are subjective. As illustrated in figure 6a, some definitions have received many votes while others have received only a few. Aside from the voting system, some other factors determine which words end up in the urban dictionary. One factor is the number of definitions. Votes for a word tend to increase the higher the number of votes it receives.
The UD has a crowd-sourced voting system that encourages users to enter new words and their definitions. Many entries are made-up words that are of interest to a small community. Because most dictionaries require attested headwords, the UD entries may be unfamiliar to most people. In order to assess unfamiliarity, crowdworkers were asked to quantify whether a headword was familiar or not.
It is a crowd-sourced source of slang
The Urban Dictionary was founded by computer science student Aaron Peckham in 1999. The site offers clues into the language of the urban youth. Instead of hiring an expert to compile a dictionary of slang and idioms, the site relies on the crowd. Anyone can submit a word or phrase and vote on its inclusion. Entries only need five votes to be included in the list, and are ranked according to the number of up-votes.
While the site is advertised as a “crowd-sourced source of slang” and has no monetary value, it is still a viable business. Peckham says he has not sought any venture capital for his project and runs the site from his home. While he does not have a full-time staff, he does contract with companies to create merchandise and put advertisements on the site.
The Urban Dictionary is also a good source for adolescent grossout humor. The dictionary often features words and phrases that are insensitive to sexual practices, but are usually harmless enough to be used in casual conversation. There have also been some bigoted terms published here. The dictionary also has many entries about a woman’s body, including the way it looks, and bigoted words about sex between men.