Last week, we carried a post featuring a site that specialized in obscure words, which could be quite entertaining. But sometimes it isn’t the word that is obscure, but we older ones who are obscure. Especially when you’ve said a word or phrase, and you find that all the teenagers around you are suddenly giggling, trying desperately not to break into uncontrollable laughter. Or when they describe something you like as being ‘wicked’, ‘sick’ or ‘wicked sick’, and you can’t figure out what they see wrong in it. That’s when you need to consult the Urban Dictionary.
That’s where you will find information about the latest slang. Like why ‘wicked‘ and ‘sick‘ are actually positive describers, in the same way as those of the 80s generation (including this writer) would describe what they liked as ‘cool’. Or why when you want to reject a proposal, you can simply say ‘die‘. e.g.
Your Teenager Son’s Friend: Hey! Let’s go watch a movie on Saturday.
Your Teenager Son: Die!
(That’s obviously something your teenager son will not say to you, but to his friends, it seems like a perfectly acceptable way to say no).
A long time ago, I was talking to friends about Bach’s classical piece called ‘Air on the G-String’. If it’s already making you titter, you can understand how my friends reacted. If I’d known the ‘other’ meaning, I’d have never brought it into the discussion.
Urban Dictionary is where you find out that a perfect gentleman is a Diego Luna, and that you can fend off an attacker with a Sicilian Surprise. As the English language evolves in ways you don’t expect (and perhaps don’t want), Urban Dictionary is often the first barometer. But caution: as a lot of the language used by teens (and others) is to describe things that cannot be talked about in polite conversation, you will find a lot of definitions you don’t want your mom/dad/boss to know. Nevertheless, if you came across a new word, this site will give you its meaning, in every shade used.