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Post by dalehileman » Tue Dec 13, 2005 3:42 pm

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49 "up" responses, only 2 "down". Yet I can't find much additional support for this def

Usu a large no. of "ups" signifies a measure of currency. Of course I suppose the guy could be voting for his own entry
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Post by Ken Greenwald » Wed Dec 14, 2005 8:42 pm

Dale, Here is why I am not going to bother to answer your question and at the same time probably waste more time talking about Urban Dictionary than I have ever bothered to waste before.

Urban Dictionary, as far as I can make out, has never blessed us with a clear statement of its mission. What are we to make of the entries we find there? Are they neologisms that folks have created themselves and sent in? Are they words they have seen and heard enough times to feel that they should be recorded in some sort of dictionary? Or are they a combination of both? No one ever says. And the only guidance the website provides is the following:
<“Overview: Write a definition – Got a word that's not in the dictionary? Write a definition that describes how you use it.”>

<“Write a definition: Urban Dictionary authors write definitions that document the world. While you write, remember these guidelines: 1) Write for a large audience. The whole world's going to read your definition. Give background information so they understand your entry. 2) Don't name your friends. Editors reject definitions naming non-celebrities. If you need to use names, use first names only. 3) Don't advertise your web site. Urban Dictionary advertising offers that service.”>

<Urban Dictionary book description (by author/publisher): “Urbandictionary.com is a wildly successful site that encourages users to define the world with their own unique terms. In Urban Dictionary, site founder Aaron Peckham culls his more than 170,000 definitions for the funniest, wittiest, and most provocative phrases that define the modern slang scene.”>
So if I sift through the entries in Urban Dictionary, what am I looking at? – creations that popped into the heads of folks while they were sitting on the toilet, and which they thought would be neat to post. Or are they words they have heard again and again in their neighborhoods and felt that they might be used widely enough to be worth recording in a dictionary of “new / hip / with it” words. Or maybe it's both. But if it is both, how are we to distinguish one from the other? Let’s take SCRATCHER, for example. It contains 7 postings giving 7 different definitions. What are these 7 definitions? You probably chose the one you did because it had 49 thumbs up and 3 thumbs down. But what does that vote mean? Does it mean that 49 had heard this word before and felt that the definition given was correct and 2 didn’t. Or does it mean that 49 people never heard of this word before but liked the sound of the way it was defined. Or is it a mixture of these two possibilities? And if it is a mixture and we are not told which is which, . . . . .

I think I have said enough for you to get my drift.
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Post by kagriffy » Wed Dec 14, 2005 9:45 pm

No, really, Ken, don't hold back! Tell us what you REALLY think!!! *G*
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Post by Ken Greenwald » Wed Dec 14, 2005 10:15 pm

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Post by dalehileman » Thu Dec 15, 2005 1:49 am

Of course you've got to use it with some discretion, but sometimes UD is valuable for the very latest slang, if all else fails. Ordinarily it's a promising sign if several contributors come up with essentially the same def, esp if it elicits many thumbs up
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Thu Dec 15, 2005 2:24 am

Ken,

That's just dotty.
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