I have a deep seated fear of looking stupid or foolish. Which is silly because I frequently act like a fool. I’ve never been quite right. But one thing I absolutely dread is seeing slang or acronyms in social media and not having a clue what it means. And I hate to ask because again...feeling stupid. So discovering the Urban Dictionary was such a relief.
I recently starting noticing SHIP on twitter and kept meaning to look it up. Meme is another one that’s been floating around. I had a general idea of what they meant, but I like definitions. I also love how the English Language allows us to play with words. One of my professors in graduate school talked a lot about how English was fluid and anything goes. English actually gives you permission to play with words and create new ones. That lecture was before Microsoft starting preloading AOL onto these new strange things that were just coming out call PCs. Yeah, the dark ages.
But my professor was right and no one has had more fun with the English Language than the Internet.
So here are a few of my favorite words and acronyms I had to look up or were suggested to me, then I had to look them up:
MEME: I know, I know, I know I should know what this memes…I mean means. The Urban dictionary calls it “a virus of the mind” but I guess it’s like a running joke.
And there’s a great website that will explain it all for you http://knowyourmeme.com/
ICYMI In case you missed it. Well, DUH. (>ლ) <<< ---- that’s a face palm, icymi
SHIP I’ve been seeing this one a lot on Twitter lately and usually I’m pretty good at telling what a word mean if I see it in context. Not this time. @sharislade had to explain to me that SHIP is from relationSHIP and well it’s nice to have virtual friends who don’t make you feel stupid. (You should follow Shari if you’re not already. She heads up #buffyclub Tuesday nights on Twitter and her new book is out and it’s awesome: The Opposite of Nothing.)
PDFIT @pb_reader brought this one to my attention. And it’s actually kind of useful. It’s basically asking someone to put a Microsoft file into a pdf. (You should follow Liz for awesome shoe and tattoo RTs << ------ Re Tweets on Twitter and she RTed this guy a few days ago for which she has my eternal gratitude)
“@BestTattoos_: pic.twitter.com/dC1iIsxldf” mmhm
— liz (@pb_reader) May 1, 2014
Which brings me to my next term Cougar Crush: I’m sure everyone knows what this means, I just had no idea I was one until I saw THOR and discovered Chris Hemsworth was 27 at the time. (Oh for Tardis and a weight loss program that actually worked for me.) The tweet above has proven that my condition is chronic and there is no cure.
OTP My Facebook buddy Maggie Welsh’s son sent this one. It means One True Pairing. I had not seen this one before, but it has to do with putting two characters together, or two characters that you SHIP << ----- are you seeing how this works. I’m having a light bulb moment….and the space between light and bulb is critical because you don’t want to be a lightbulb which means you’re either inbred or a third wheel, neither of which are fun to be.
The follow up to OTP is NOTP meaning two people that should never be a couple. Maggie’s example for this was great. The Doctor and Donna. My example would be Angel and Cordy.
FEELS this is another one I was late to the party on. I like this one because feels makes it possible to get all mushy and emotional about something while still appearing cool. Wait, is cool still a thing?
FETCH just kidding, I know what this one means. It's just such delicious irony that ten years after Mean Girls came out, FETCH has more than just happened, it's totally a meme. There's even a TUMBLR . So I guess Gretchen Wins!
But the Pièce de résistance (which is actually in the Urban Dictionary but ironically I had to go to the musty old Merriam Webster to get the definition for the way I’m using it here) is without a doubt
I LOVE THIS WORD. I HEART IT SO HARD! If it has to be defined for you, then I envy you.
Anyway, to sum up, I love the Urban Dictionary and appreciate that it significantly reduces my ability to look stupid on the internet. Oh and good news, according to the Urban dictionary, Cool is still a thing.
And you can find the URBAN DICTIONARY here http://www.urbandictionary.com
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Lexxi Callahan writes contemporary romance set in the Deep South. The first book in her Southern Style series was released in June 2013. She swear book two is coming out this summer. You will most likely find Lexxi on Twitter at @callahanlexxie