Urban Dictionary

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Urban Dictionary
Screenshot of Urban Dictionary's front page
Web addresswww.urbandictionary.com
SloganDefine Your World
Commercial?Yes
Type of siteSlang dictionary
RegistrationRequired only for editing
Available language(s)English
OwnerAaron Peckham
Created byAaron Peckham
Launched1999
Alexa rankpositive decrease 606 (December 2013)[1]
Current statusActive
 
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Urban Dictionary
Screenshot of Urban Dictionary's front page
Web addresswww.urbandictionary.com
SloganDefine Your World
Commercial?Yes
Type of siteSlang dictionary
RegistrationRequired only for editing
Available language(s)English
OwnerAaron Peckham
Created byAaron Peckham
Launched1999
Alexa rankpositive decrease 606 (December 2013)[1]
Current statusActive

Urban Dictionary is a Web-based dictionary that contains more than seven million definitions as of 2 March 2013 (2013-03-02).[2] Submissions are regulated by volunteer editors and rated by site visitors. Time's Anita Hamilton included it on her 50 best websites of 2008 list.[3][4]

History[edit]

The site was founded in 1999 by Aaron Peckham while he was a freshman computer science major at California Polytechnic State University. One of the first definitions on the site was "the man", defined as "the faces of 'the establishment' put in place to 'bring us down'".[5]

The website was referenced in a 2011 District Court complaint by ATF agents to document the meaning of the vulgarism "murk" as used in a criminal threat. It also consists of names and slang.[6]

Content[edit]

In the context of Urban Dictionary, "definitions" include not only literal definitions, but also descriptions. As such, "to define" a word or phrase on Urban Dictionary does not necessarily entail providing a strict definition; merely a description of some aspect of the word or phrase could suffice for inclusion in the dictionary.

Many of the definitions favor progressive views, while being strongly opposed to conservative views.[citation needed] Whether this is a result merely of content of submission or the views of the administrators is unknown. Lexical definitions of words are not the emphasis of the dictionary and are often rejected.

Originally, Urban Dictionary was intended as a dictionary of slang or cultural words or phrases not typically found in standard dictionaries, but it is now used to define any word or phrase.[7] Words or phrases on Urban Dictionary may have multiple definitions, usage examples, and tags.

Visitors to Urban Dictionary may submit definitions without registering, but they must provide a valid e-mail address. Before they are included in the dictionary, all new definitions must be approved by voluntary editors. Editors are not given any guidelines to use when approving or rejecting definitions.

Quality control[edit]

By default, each definition is automatically accepted or rejected based on the number of "Publish" or "Don't Publish" votes it receives by editors, comprising volunteers of the public. There are no criteria that editors have to follow in approving or rejecting definitions; often definitions are not even read during the decision process. A valid e-mail address was previously but is no longer required for editing.[8] Editors are distinguished by their IP address and through the site's usage of HTTP cookies, in order to limit each editor from voting on any particular definition too many times. If a definition is rejected, it is automatically rejected upon re-submission in the future if there are no changes to it. If a definition is published, it is immediately displayed on the site. The definition can then be voted "up" or "down" by site visitors, and may be removed for certain reasons.[9]

Traffic and users[edit]

As of November 2013, the site contains over 7.3 million definitions. As of April 2009, an average of 2,000 are submitted every day, and the site receives approximately 15 million unique visitors per month, with 80% of users being younger than 25.[5] As of February 2013, Urban Dictionary's Alexa rating is 845,[10] with a rating of 396 in the United States[10] and 43,559 sites linking in.[10]

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