Tuesday, 16 June 2009

You Said What?

When you move from living in the city to living in the countryside like I have you can find yourself easily bewildered by "urban" words (or maybe it is also a sign of getting old and out of touch!). I was extremely confused the other week at work when someone told me I looked "cash." It was dress down Friday and I did have my favourite new jeans on so I was hoping that it was a compliment but I had no idea what it meant. Not wanting to show my ignorance I just said "erm yes it is dress down Friday" and scurried back to my PC where I looked it up on the computer on the Urban Dictionary and I found that it meant "cool."

I recommend the Urban Dictionary if you have found yourself in a similar situation. It is also useful to decipher the teen speak of teenagers and for confusing/ impressing friends or colleagues with your new extended vocabulary.

Here's some of Easily Sorted's favourite definitions from the Urban Dictionary which can be found at http://www.urbandictionary.com/.

Tweet- Dropping

When a twitter user has a one-way conversation with a celebrity so that to the users followers, it seems like they are talking to a celebrity and thus are instantly uber-cool in the eyes of their followers, when in fact they are a loser with nothing better to do than have a fake conversation with themselves. Similar to name dropping url, but even more annoying and even less likely to be true.

Alt Tabbin'

An act of quickly switching the current application to something work-appropriate when the boss walks in.

Facebook Alzheimers

When you get a friend's request from someone that you have no idea where you know them from.


Refraining from tweeting. Finding that you have nothing to tweet or write. Drawing a blank when contemplating your Twitter page. Also used when one is stunned or surprised by something viewed on Twitter.

Dr Google

A person medically qualified by Google's search engine to diagnose symptoms of sickness.

Reader's Block

Related to Writer's Block, this is when you cannot, for the life of you, pick up a book and read it. Sure, you may be able to read a paragraph or two, or maybe even a page, but you don't retain anything of what you just read or have the attention span and/or will to go on. This is common for those who have ADD, are in possession of garbage literature, or are just so exhausted from having to read so many books during school/college that reading anything else, even for pleasure, has become impossible. To those who love to read, this is worse than heart disease and cancer combined.


The past tense of "tweeting" on Twitter.

Swine Flucation

The time spent not at school or work due to the closures caused by the Swine Flu scare.

Ghetto Upgrade

When you are flying economy on a near empty flight and can lay across an entire row of seats.

Notice Me Email

In the age of telecommuting, an e-mail message sent either early in the morning, or late at night, with the subtle intent of revealing the fact that the sender was logged on and working at the time the message was sent, hidden within the context of a more "official" looking message.


Noun: the new disease. Much like chronic bronchitis that can take months, even years to go away. The new excuse to not do anything. This is the act of excluding yourself from social activities because you simply just can't afford it


A person who is able to stick to a tight budget while still managing to dress stylishly.


An internet personality that has attained celebrity status.

Tweet Up

A group of friends on Twitter (social network) that are planning to meet up. A request by a user to meet with friends via Twitter.

Social Notworking

The practice of spending time unproductively on social-networking websites, especially when one should be working.

Try and see how many of the above you can sneak into your conversation this week (via everyday chat or social media) and let me know how you get on.