Monday, March 29, 2010

New Entries from the Urban Dictionary

“Words do two major things: They provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness.” – Jim Rohn

In an effort to stay up-to-date with our ever-changing language, I periodically pay a visit to the Urban Dictionary. Here are a few of my favorite entries since the first of the year.

Echo boomer - the child of a Baby Boomer.

Verbal Handcuffs - When someone won't stop talking (usually about a subject you have no interest in). The talker has verbally forced you to stand there and listen, even though you have given many clues that you have checked out. Examples: vacant stares, looking at your watch, checking your phone, answering in short one word phrases.

Yawn Pong - A game played by tired people. In short, one person yawns and then the other person does. Should the original yawner yawn twice before the second person yawns once, player one has one point.

Redneck Teleprompter - Crib notes written on a public speaker's hand in order to remind him or her what to say during a speech or interview.

iphone effect - shortly after one person in the group brings out their iphone, the rest follow suit, ultimately ending all conversation and eye contact.

Time vampire - Something or someone who literally sucks your time like a vampire sucks blood.

Text-hole - Someone who texts on their cellphone in really inappropriate places, like movie theatres, concerts, plays, or during sex.

Mid-day crisis - when one is in a desperate need for a siesta because they become extremely tired in the afternoon and coffee isn't cutting it any longer.

Tivo timezone - A time period that lags behind real time; that is created by letting the tivo build up enough to skip commercials.

Head Splinter - A painfully annoying song that gets stuck in your head, in extreme cases, impeding everyday tasks.

I’d like to work some of these words into my novels but I’m afraid there may be lots of people that, like me before visiting the Urban Dictionary, would have no idea what I’m talking about.

Have you heard any new words lately? Do you have an entry for the Urban Dictionary?

Thanks for stopping by.

Tags: Rohn, Urban Dictionary,

22 comments:

Elisabeth said...

Something will come to me Jane, but not just now. I love the term echo boomer. I might throw that one at my kids. They are echo boomers.

Thanks.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I understand the tivo timezone!

"LOL Speak" is all I can think of at the moment...

jdcoughlin said...

My kids, lately, are uber everything. "It was uber-hyper" came up recently to describe a pep rally. I am not always a fan of these new idioms. Especially when I'm not so uber-confident that I am hip enough to use them myself!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

These are great, Jane!

I love yawn pong and mid-day crisis. :)

Elizabeth
Mystery Writing is Murder

kathy said...

The kids in my class told me the other day that when someone is physically attractive, they are no longer "hot," but "Kold." Also, you eliminate the linking verb when you use it. Example..."Johnny Depp. He kold."

Karen Walker said...

My son is an Echo Boomer, I guess. Never heard that or any of these terms. I love coming here for that reason, Jane. I always learn some juicy new tidbit.
karen

Carol Kilgore said...

I love Urban Dictionary, and these are great examples. Thanks.

Joanne said...

I love the new lingo, Jane. Here's one for your file ... How about Crackberry, which refers to someone addicted to their Blackberry ;)

Galen Kindley--Author said...

Is there an age limit for these terms? I mean, I'm so old and disconnected, I didn't even understand the explanations!!!

How pathetic am I? Best Wishes, Galen.

arlee bird said...

I've never heard a one of these so if I ran across one in a book or story it would have to have an explanation of what it meant. Maybe you could use your urban dictionary to kick your blogging activity into high gear with our April Blog challenge.
I’d like to invite you and your readers to join us in a blogging challenge for the month of April. Check it out at Blogging From A to Z

I know you're always pretty busy--wanna get a little busier? Just short little posts will work.
You could even coin your own words that might end up in the next Urban Dictionary.

Lee

Elspeth Antonelli said...

I love these! Yawn Pong is a keeper. Mid-day crisis had me laughing out loud. Thanks, Jane.

Helen Ginger said...

I don't have one offhand, but I liked some of those. I think you could work them into a book if you put them in context.

Helen
Straight From Hel

Journaling Woman said...

Oh , I love this!!!

Stephen Tremp said...

Yawn Pong - hilarious. I'm usually the Pongee as I yawn when I see someone else do it. Same goes for laughing.

Stephen Tremp

Marvin D Wilson said...

I'm a big fan of the urban dictionary. I keep it up on my browser when writing for use in creating dialog with hip/contemporary characters. Have to be careful to not overuse, though, or your book can be pidgeon holed too much.

the Old Silly

Paul C said...

Thanks for this link to Urban Dictionary. How about green dividend or green credits? Doing something for the environment to earn points...

Journaling Woman said...

This is so amusing. I don't know any new words. I struggle with using my old words. :)

Watery Tart said...

Oh wow! These are FABULOUS! When I get sent to the Urban Dictionary, I am always amused... it's a wonder I don't hang out and browse there, more.

Some of these are obvious and could easily be worked in (or maybe they are only obvious to me, because I am afflicted--mid day crisis, for instance) but it seems you could have them used, so long as one of your other characters had to have them explained. (a teen using them and a parent needing an explanation, or at least having to remind herself what it means)

I'm technically an echo boomer, but I also married a boomer--mother was the first year, husband was the last... funny how that works.

Bob Sanchez said...

And of course there are eco-boomers who have gone green.

kimberlyloomis said...

I can not deny loving "text-hole" while also wondering how it came into existence...

arlee bird said...

Greetings from Blogging From A to Z April Challenge

Thanks for you support!
Lee

Mary McDonald said...

I love those! Especially the Head splinter and the verbal handcuffs.

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