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Not That Funny or Original

  • Nov 26, 2011
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I regularly use Urban Dictionary (the website) for information on some obscure, obscene, or obfuscating words, terms, and phrases. Its Wikipedia-like ability to allow users to post their own definitions makes it continuously relevant and hip. Oftentimes, though, the most informative definitions are not that funny, and the funniest ones are not that accurate. In other words, you have to take that site with a large grain of salt.

This book seems to be a somewhat random collection of entries from the Urban Dictionary. Many of the words are actually a very well worn-out slang, and a few (such as "keg" - seriously?) not even that. The author seems to think that the faux-edgy examples of the usage justify the introduction of those words into this dictionary. Nonetheless, this book is not a total waste of time. It contains a substantial number of words or phrases that I had never heard before. Unfortunately, based on the rest of the words it is hard to be sure that these are truly all that fresh or used in actual "urban" conversations.

This book would actually make a good gift for someone who is not all that cool, but would think that his coolness quotient could be increased by reading a book of slang. Other than that, I can't really recommend it.

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March 19, 2012
Perhaps.
 
November 29, 2011
I think this would be a cool gag gift, but for myself -- I'm sticking to the website!
 
November 28, 2011
Too bad that this one didn't take advantage of its online appeal!
 
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Founded in 1999 by college student Aaron Peckham as a parody of the dictionary, urbandictionary.com features definitions written by people from all over the world. Since then, Urban Dictionary has been cited in court, in graduation speeches, and by countless news media outlets, including CNN andTimemagazine. Aaron listens for the newest words and phrases in San Francisco, Calif.
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ISBN-10: 0740751433
ISBN-13: 978-0740751431
Genre: Education & Reference
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

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