What is Urban Dictionary and Why It is in Trend Today, How to find you in this?
Today Social media users are looking up their own names on Urban Dictionary and are sharing the Flattering results.
Despite the fact that the content is not based on anything of substance, it has nevertheless become popular to look up your name in the Urban Dictionary and see what it says, just as a bit of fun. Over the past couple of days, people have taken to Twitter to share their results.
@eviljordan is pleased to report that his name apparently means that he is a “kind and loving person who is very funny, [stylish] and attractive.”
What is Urban Dictionary?
Urban Dictionary is a crowdsourced online dictionary for slang words and phrases, opening under the motto “Define your word”.
The site was founded in 1999 by Aaron Peckham while he was a freshman computer science major at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He launched the site to compare urban slang used by university students in different parts of California. He had previously created a spoof version of the Ask Jeeves web search engine while studying at Cal Poly but closed the website after he received an infringement letter.
Originally, Urban Dictionary was intended as a dictionary of slang or cultural words and phrases, not typically found in standard dictionaries, but it is now used to define any word, event, or phrase (including sexually explicit content).
Words or phrases on Urban Dictionary may have multiple definitions, usage examples, and tags. As of 2014, the dictionary had over seven million definitions, while around 2,000 new entries were being added daily.
For the first five years, the site generated revenue but did not make a profit. In 2003, the website gained wider attention after a news article revealed that a judge of the High Court of Justice in the United Kingdom had used this Dictionary to assist in interpreting slang lyrics in a case involving two rappers.
In the context of Urban Dictionary, “definitions” include not only literal definitions but also descriptions. As such, “to define” a word or phrase on Urban Dictionary does not necessarily entail providing a strict definition; merely a description of some aspect of the word or phrase could suffice for inclusion in the dictionary.
It has been criticized for hosting and failing to remove offensive submissions, including ones containing racist and sexist content. For example, the abundance of racist definitions of “aboriginal” prompted a petition calling for their removal on Change.org which received over 7,000 signatures.
How To Find Your Urban Dictionary Name
Finding a definition for your name is incredibly straightforward.
All you have to do is visit the Urban Dictionary website and then type your name into the search bar at the top of the screen.
Then, choose the right option from the drop-down list and you will be taken to the appropriate page.
Unless you have a very rare name, there will be hundreds of submissions for you to peruse here, so if you don’t like the first one you see then you can just keep looking until you find a better one.