Monday, July 2, 2007

Thizz is how we speak

I recently came across an absolutely brilliant website http://www.urbandictionary.com. I'm not sure how I even came across this site, but now, I am REALLY addicted to it. This website is chockfull of great words that we NOW use as a society. At one point I thought it was sad that we had words like "dubs" instead of "rims" which were once "wheels". Or "bling" instead of "flashy" which was once "jewlery"..or... well you get the idea. Now we have a website, where you, yes you, can submit a word, and it's definition. Definitions for words such as Stunna, bling, Ice..etc. Now The thing that gets me about this website is this: this website is not "rap talk" or ghetto slang by anymeans; (See "s'c'umon"). They even have defintions for fall out boys latest single. It's just a dictionary for the modern times. As quoted from the urbandictionary's myspace site"the editor of webster's 3rd, published in 1961 -- he said dictionaries should document how a language is spoken, instead of dictate how people should speak it. PREACH!" Reading that was a total revelation. At that point it was all clear to me. At first I considered it a sad commentary on the world and youth of today. Now I just realize as time goes on, and as things change, so does our language. What's so odd is that, it seems normal. It doesn't seem out of place for a white guy to say dubs, crunk, stunna, fo shizzle...etc. There has been a big influence on the way we speak due to the popular culture. Look at the fifties, things were swell, and cool guys were cats. Only now it's the new millenium, and things are dope, and cool guys are stunnas. So come one, come all and visit the urban dictionary and get you slang on....