My attempt to be one of the cool kidz
|Tonight I happened to be out for drinks with an old friend, and he brought along a new friend of his: Aaron Peckham. Who is Aaron Peckham, you ask? He's the creator and owner of Urban Dictionary, one of the most trafficked sites on the internet. It's an interesting website, essentially a user-driven descriptive dictionary of slang. If you don't know about it already, you are not a college student. You might (because you're a totally out-of-touch academic) think of it as the OED, if the OED were filled with words for sexual parts and sexual acts that you have never heard of, much less ever imagined were physically possible.|
Anyway, Aaron was a very nice guy, and sincerely committed to the principles behind a descriptive, as opposed to a prescriptive, dictionary. I urged him to consider basing it, as the OED does, on historical principles, having users add etymologies and dated citations. Most of the citations would be to other websites, for reasons that will become clear if you spend any time at all browsing the dictionary--these words don't get into the New York Times. But I think he was just humoring me when he said he thought it was a good idea.
So, in honor of my brush with internet greatness, I decided to add a word to Urban Dictionary. The word I chose was our old favorite: windfucker. It seemed in keeping with the general thrust of the dictionary. My definition: "a blowhard; an obnoxious, ambitious person; a social climber." My sentence usage, with a nod to Ben Jonson: "Did you ever hear such a windfucker as this?"
The way Urban Dictionary works is that any user can vote thumbs-up or thumbs-down on any definition. The higher a definition's ratio of up to down votes, the higher it appears in the list of definitions for a word. Fingers crossed for my word and definition ...
P.S. The Urban Dictionary "word-of-the-day" recently: bardcore. Definition #1 is the relevant one for BtR readers. It's pretty good.