I Still Prefer the Oxford English Dictionary

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Okay, I know that most people are having or are going to have lots of fun with this activity, but I really think this website is not at all great.  I have never visited Urban Dictionary before this assignment, only because I knew exactly the sort of information that the site contained.  I love to laugh, but I absolutely hate the excessive use of foul language and crudeness.  Anyway, now that everyone knows that I am conservative, here are some words and definitions that I found on urbandictionary.com, along with these words used in sentences elsewhere:


procrastination: I ll put up a definition later

                          I ll put up an example later

                          by Arm Aug 19, 2004

I loved this one because it is a pure and funny definition that is absolutely correct.  Also, it perfectly describes my action in not completing this assignment until right now.

". BAD HABITS: i waste too much time here, i procrastinate way too much, eat too much junk food, can be too impatient, too introverted" -From Gina's Space




It's original definition was "Laughing out loud" (also written occasionally as "Lots of Laughs"), used as a brief acronym to denote great amusement in chat conversations.

Now, it is overused to the point where nobody laughs out loud when they say it. In fact, they probably don't even give a shit about what you just wrote. More accurately, the acronym "lol" should be redefined as "Lack of laughter."

Depending on the chatter, its definition may vary. The list of its meanings includes, but is not limited to:
1) "I have nothing worthwhile to contribute to this conversation."
2) "I'm too lazy to read what you just wrote so I'm typing something useless in hopes that you'll think I'm still paying attention."
3) "Your statement lacks even the vaguest trace of humor but I'll pretend I'm amused."
4) "This is a pointless acronym I'm sticking in my sentence just because it's become so engraved into my mind that when chatting, I MUST use the meaningless sentence-filler 'lol.'"

lmao, lmfao, rofl, lawl, heh, haha, lolol, and 120 for similarities.

Statement: Sorry if I'm not too cheery, my best friend just died yesterday.
Worthless Reply: lol

Statement: The golden ratio is truely an intersting aspect of not only mathematics, but art as well.
Worthless Reply: lol

Statement: ... And then he says, "Your mom goes to college!"
Worthless Reply: lol

Statement: Hey, are you doing anything tonight? You could come over to my house and play some Unreal Tournie...
Worthless Reply: lol, ok

by no_one_2000 USA Aug 10, 2005

This definition is amazing!  Who would have thought that one rational person posted on this site?  I agree completely, this phrase is overused.

"She is hysterical as she reads the story back to me... she even uses special voices! LOL!"

-From Poppy Paperie, April 10, 2008 



a language that lurks in dark alleys, beats up other languages and rifles through their pockets for spare vocabulary

That word didn't used to be part of english.

by j-narrah Nov 13, 2003 email it
I thought that this definition was really interesting.  I see both truth and error in this statement.  Yes, many English speakers lack foreign language skills that other peoples feel are so important.  I've taken Spanish for six years, yet I know I am not anything near an expert.  However, the incorporation of words from other countries is a natural part of cultural diffusion.  Regardless of the definition's reliability, it is surprisingly thought provoking.

"Write college-level essays on personal and professional topics, building on the foundation of standard English grammar and usage that you developed in Basic Comp and/or Seminar in Thinking and Writing."

-From the Intro. to Literary Study Syllabus

What have I learned from this assignment?  That even though I sometimes have to do things I hate, I can still learn from them, even though I still prefer the Oxford English Dictionary.
P.S. Dr. Jerz, this was a really good assignment because probably every other student really seemed to enjoy it, and even I learned from it.  I also liked what we discussed in class.




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