The Urban Dictionary is a crowd-sourced online dictionary consisting of words, slang, phrases and an interesting description of names that might contain funny, hilarious or ‘disturbing’ similarity to your character.
And it doesn’t matter if it is a regular ‘English name’ like John, Jane or Francis, or a local name like Olu, Ola or Chikodi, the description of your name that you find on Urban Dictionary might leave you in self-doubt.
The dictionary which operates under the motto “Define Your World” was founded by Aaron Peckham in 1999. It allows people define the words they use everyday. Since its inception, the dictionary has gradually gained popularity and in 2014, Peckham claimed that the site boasted of more than seven million definitions.
I believe many of you must have tried using the Urban Dictionary at some point. But if you haven’t, try looking up the meaning of a slang word, phrase or more popularly, definitions of your names.
Depending on who sent in the description to urban Dictionary, the descriptions you find might be funny, sweet, hateful, hilarious, downright vicious or a combination of all.
The good, the bad and, well, the bad….
For instance, searching Buhari on Urban dictionary will deliver two different results illustrating a person named Buhari from different perspectives. For instance, the definition posted by Tolex Psalm described a man of integrity.
However, the other definition posted by Angel_da_great described a cruel and old person who, in the describer’s opinion, brings pain to a country. If you want to see that definition you can check it out yourself as we aren’t at liberty to post it. We move.
Ejike as a fictional superhero
There were also descriptions that sounded fictional. So fictional, you’d think it was Batman or Superman you searched for. Take for instance, a name like Ejike (Which happens to be the name of our chief editor so we are still investigating if he didn’t send in this definition):
While the description above paints an incredible superhero, it sounds too fictional to be true. Don’t get me wrong, our Ejike is a superhero. But you sef check am na.
All fun and sweet
They can also be funny like this description of Philip or sweet like the description of Sarah by Thabitaa that follows:
However, definitions of some very popular names can be so bad, so horrific, so nasty, they can only be described as hate speech. As was the definition of both Tolu and John who were recognised for their penchant for sex as well as Tomiwa who was portrayed as a disgusting person.
In the end….
The definitions, most of them quite fantastic, can reflect an ugly past or beautiful present. This is because the descriptions were most likely based on the describers’ experiences with people bearing those names. Thus, they could be bitter or sweet, loving or hateful, kind or nasty.
So if you see a vile definition of your name on a friends status, there is a high possibility the person got it from Urban Dictionary. So, don’t take it too personal, it’s all fun and games.
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