Tyler Nishikawa: The Most Influential Words from Urban Dictionary

1 Sep , 2014  

Kids now and days say the dumbest things don’t they? Half the time you can’t even understand them. But hey if you’ve ever wanted to make contact with one of them you’re in luck, Urban Dictionary’s got your back! This site was created way back in 1992 to store the urban definitions to normal words. Now and days it’s mostly used by middle aged parents who want to communicate with their hormonal teenagers. But recently it has become a credible source for courtrooms defining slang. With over seven million definitions, it sure has a lot to show for being a dictionary site.

It’s time to be hip guys! Here are the top ten words from Urban Dictionary that have been accepted into the real world.

10. Awesome sauce — something that is more awesome than awesome (awesome topped with awesome sauce)

9. Blamestorming — usually in a business setting, the act of attempting to identify who was to blame for a failure or problem, rather than trying to brainstorm a solution

8. Hangry — a state of mind and behavior characterized by being angry as a result of hunger (hungry + angry)

7. Hipster — an individual who attempts (often with too much effort) to avoid being a member of the mainstream; the term may be complimentary or pejorative (depending on context), but in general, hipsters tend to listen to indie or local musicians that no one else has heard of, dress alternatively (often wearing thrift store or vintage clothing as a rejection of consumerism) and have edgy or androgynous hairstyles [Note: in extreme cases, hipsters may regard those who don’t align with their values smugly]

6. Nom — eating (or nom, nom, nom or om, nom, nom… mimics the sound someone makes while enjoying something) [Note: can also be used humorously to refer to things you aren’t really eating]

5. Phat — 1) initials for “pretty hot and tempting” (usually relating to a woman with ample assets); 2) awesome; cool [Note: currently considered out of style and only used by “wannabes”]

4. Pwned — to own (as in to defeat an opponent badly)

3. Sniff test — an olfactory exam of a previously worn (dirty) item of clothing to determine whether it’s acceptable to wear again

2. Typeractive — someone who’s overly talkative in emails or text

And the number one spot goes to…..

1. Swag — from swagger, a term used to refer positively to the manner in which someone presents himself or herself (individuals with swag are generally considered confident and/or cool)

Honorable mentions:

That’s what she said — A one-liner response to indicate what the individual just said to you could have a sexual connotation (also, that’s what he said)

Skrill — money or capital

Selfie — a picture one takes of herself or himself, usually with a camera phone, and often with the purpose of uploading it to social media sites

YOLO — (you only live once) an initialism used to express a carpe diem (seize the day) sentiment in relation to a silly, stupid or irresponsible act (e.g., I’m wearing two different colored socks because YOLO)

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Tyler Nishikawa[/author_info] [/author]

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