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#171725 - 11/28/07 04:24 PM user-contribution dictionaries
tsuwm Offline
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we've all come to know and love <irony> the Urban Dictionary. Merriam-Webster's Open Dictionary might be considered a more serious attempt at the concept, although the source of words is virtually the same meme pool.

every month, M-W picks some of their favorite recent submissions.

for November, e.g.
blamestorm (verb) : to discuss why a deadline was missed, a project failed, or who is to be blamed or to take responsibility
<The managers spent the meeting blamestorming about the lost contract.>

embed (noun) : an instance or period of a journalist traveling with a military unit; an instance or period of being embedded
<If we're on an embed and we're dealing with these Iraqi forces, they're going to be very careful in what they say.>

searchability (noun) : the ability to be searched upon (as an Internet page)
<We must optimize our Web pages for searchability.>

y'alternative also y'allternative (noun) : alternative country music
<The new country music station plays y'alternative.>

embed and searchability (as nouns) seem like obvious extensions hardly worthy of notice; corporate-speak, such as blamestorm, always seems to grate; DJ-speak, such as y'allternative usually shows a little more imagination.

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#171794 - 12/01/07 12:26 PM Re: user-contribution dictionaries [Re: tsuwm]
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Blamestorm--now, that's one of my best things! ;-)

y'alternative-- I hate that the not-beautiful-but-I-love-it-anyway y'all is associated with something as awful as...as...I can't even put it: c.m. [shudder] (Which, I must say, my daughter loves; if I hadn't been there at the time, I might have wondered whether she was truly mine!)

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#171795 - 12/01/07 12:35 PM Re: user-contribution dictionaries [Re: Jackie]
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Jackie, seriously, ten percent of the American population literally do not know who is their biological father
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#171796 - 12/01/07 12:39 PM Re: user-contribution dictionaries [Re: dalehileman]
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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Originally Posted By: dalehileman
Jackie, seriously, ten percent of the American population literally do not know who is their biological father


dale, I think that's a type-4 phrase.
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#171798 - 12/01/07 01:47 PM Re: user-contribution dictionaries [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
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In what way
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#171800 - 12/01/07 03:02 PM Re: user-contribution dictionaries [Re: dalehileman]
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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umm, it was so obscure that it makes no sense?
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#171802 - 12/01/07 03:20 PM Re: user-contribution dictionaries [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
dalehileman Offline
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Not to me, but I am an ancient pushin at the brink of senility
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#171815 - 12/02/07 09:57 AM Re: user-contribution dictionaries [Re: dalehileman]
Hydra Offline
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Is that true, dale? Isn't that like 30,000,000 people?

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