There are millions of definitions on Urban Dictionary. Our goal is to make it easier to find the meaning of your friend’s Facebook post, find the sex positions you’re probably not going to try, and explain to the court what the defendant meant by “jack boys”.
We recently grouped words into eleven categories: gaming, sports, food, sex, tv, film, celebrities, military, music, weather and insults. This has been a popular feature. Our research shows people are most interested in words categorized under “sex”.
However, there are more than eleven categories for words on Urban Dictionary, and some words are hard for machines to categorize. That’s why we’ve created a new feature called Favorites: Human-powered categorization of Urban Dictionary words.
Click “Mark as favorite” on any definition to save it for later. It’s a great way to save words you think are funny, true, or interesting. You can share your favorites or see other people’s favorites.
Use Favorites to create collections of words. For example, you could create a list of “Sex Moves Named After Cities” (“Cleveland Steamer” and “Boston Pancake” are a good start).
Urban Dictionary’s strength has always been the creativity behind new words and definitions. We’re excited to see how people can be creative about grouping words and making lists.
We’d love to hear from you how we can make Favorites better!
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The use of slang in court proceedings can be tricky, especially in criminal cases where an uncommon slang term used by a witness can make a difference in a case. New York Times tech reporter Leslie Kaufman and law professor Greg Lastowka talk about how judges and lawyers have turned to sites like Urban Dictionary to help define slang terms and the legal implications of the trend.
NEAL CONAN: Yeah, it’s a crowd sourced dictionary, obviously. But crowd sourced, doesn’t that cause problems?
GREG LASTOWKA (Professor of law at Rutgers University): Not really. I mean, it’s a question of fact what a particular meant in a particular context. And I think that Urban Dictionary is a pretty reliable way to find out what people think a particular word means. And there are some concerns about it, but it seems like it’s a pretty solid source of evidence.
Robert Smalls Intermediate/Middle School officials met with some parents this month after a fifth-grader raised a question during class about a sex act.Principal Denise Smith met with about 10 parents May 10 after a student in teacher Lisa Sutton’s Advanced English Language Arts class asked her about “teabagging.” The act may be performed as a practical joke on someone who is asleep, according to Urban Dictionary.
Chrysler and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has apologized to the Italian-American One Voice Coalition for using a term offensive to Italian Americans during an interview conducted at the North American International Auto Show last January in Detroit.
Someone please make a Judge Judy spin-off where she just reads Urban Dictionary definitions into the camera for half an hour.