If you are ever bored to the point where you'd consider inappropriately paging someone at work, try Urban Dictionary. Other than being down right offensive at times(see: Corn Packer), it's a load of fun. Sometimes I commit to using an Urban Dictionary word a day to make me sound cooler when I talk. It's gets less cute as I get further from my 21st birthday. However, I am concerned that it's making me dumber. I notice that I am becoming more and more obsessive over the Urban Dictionary words and using actual words less. (This probably surprises NO ONE)
Take for example, "snope". I friggen hate people who spout urban legends as fact. As if there really was some guy who forwarded a message to 1,000 people and now he's Bill Gates. When those come up in conversation, I am quick to threaten a "snope" because that person is "full of it". I snope everything these days from Linday Lohan's heroin addiction to G W Bush's draft dodge. And don't send me some BS email that claims that some guy found his long lost love after traveling through 50 countries blind, I will totally snope it.
Or last night, I had a bizarre dream about buying a new car and sticking it to my husband's ex girlfriend with my mad talents. Not only did she "get served" (another Urban Dictionary gem), but I noted in my dream she had an awful case of "Tanorexia" (true to life, she's working towards being a handbag). My dream was all about the Urban Dictionary terms I frequently use in life like "fake bake" or "social climber". Yes, they were all in reference to my husband's ex. Not that I care what she does in life, it's just my subconscious uses it as a way to pump me up and show how much I have accomplished. My subconscious likes to compare me to people who it thinks I surpass in some way. I am a bit ashamed of it because I am trying to be a better person and my subconscious should probably get on board with that. The fact that Urban Dictionary and shameless pop culture has taken over my subconscious concerns me. But it makes for better dreams than the old "falling to my death" or "showing up to work naked" (at least my subconscious makes sure I've waxed).
To my defense, we've been using Urban Dictionary grammar before the site even existed. My mom has been using the word "grody" since about 1992. I'll be honest, I wish Urban Dictionary would stick to pop culture terms and eliminate the names. Of course Nicole, Tiffany, and Hillary all think they're name should equate to awesome, hot and superior on Urban Dictionary, but the rest of us are so damn tired of hitting "random" and seeing names. If you're like me, you use "random" to find a lesser offensive term to throw around all day, making sure you note the actual definition. Nothing is more embarassing than throwing around a term (such as "blowfish") and not knowing the disgusting, face reddening meaning behind it.
Overall, Urban Dictionary has benefitted me at least in the sense that I got a couple of "look cool" moments out of it. The downside being that I use time that could be spent on learning something useful for being an adult. I suspect I am not the only person guilty of being addicted to slang and Urban Dictionary, but I am rapidly becoming the oldest.
Do yourself a favor, mom, please don't "Urban Dictionary" the terms I've used. It's for your own good.
Lindsay Lohan, you are likely the most referenced "train wreck" on Urban Dictionary as of late.