If you’ve ever had a “nonversation” that made someone “Tiger’s wife mad,” thus leading to someone getting “Zidaned” “like a boss,” chances are you’re familiar with Urban Dictionary
. If you’re new to it, don’t worry—The New York Times
only just discovered it.
Urban Dictionary, simply put, is the greatest collection of slang on the Internet. Definitions are submitted and voted on by users.
Not only is it wildly popular when it comes to documenting the latest colloquialisms—or, more precisely, what the kids are saying these days—but at least one Urban Dictionary definition has been cited in a court of law.
From The New York Times
"Last month, Urban Dictionary was cited in a financial restitution case in Wisconsin, where an appeals court was reviewing the term 'jack' because a convicted robber and his companion had referred to themselves as the 'jack boys.'
"The court noted, however, that according to Urban Dictionary, 'jack' means 'to steal, or take from an unsuspecting person or store.' It then rejected the convicted man’s claim that he should not have to make restitution to the owner of a van he stole to use in a robbery."
The article goes on to debate whether it’s a good idea to use a crowdsourced definition of a word in a courtroom setting. After all, there are currently 383 definitions of what a hipster