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av·​a·​tar|\ ˈa-və-ˌtärHow to pronounce avatar (audio)\

1Hinduism : the human or animal form of a Hindu god on earthan avatar of Vishnu

2formal : someone who represents a type of person, an idea, or a qualityShe has come to be regarded as an avatar of charity and concern for the poor.

3computers : a small picture that represents a computer user in a game, on the Internet, etc.She chose a penguin as her personal avatar in the chat room.

2a: an incarnation in human form

b: an embodiment (as of a concept or philosophy) often in a personShe was regarded as an avatar of charity and concern for the poor.

3: a variant phase or version of a continuing basic entitythe latest avatar of the conservative movement

4: an electronic image that represents and may be manipulated by a computer user (as in a game)


Urban Dictionary, Wordnik track evolution of language as words change, emerge

I’m a word nerd. I like learning the etymology of words and seeing how language changes over time. So I was intrigued when comedian Harris Wittels coined the term “humblebrag” and when Weird Al Yankovic used the word “kardash” to describe a unit of time measuring 72 days. Would “humblebrag” and “kardash” become mainstream, I wondered, and would they ever show up in a traditional dictionary?

As old words take on new meanings and new words emerge, questions about the fluidity of language and the meaning of words become more complicated — and more interesting. Now, thanks to sites like Urban Dictionary and Wordnik, we can track words as they evolve and see how they carry different meanings for different people at different points in time.

“If a word is persuasive enough, and if your usage is provocative enough and feels real enough, you can make a word mean what you want it to mean,” said Erin McKean, lexicographer and founder of “At Wordnik, we’re trying to redefine what meaning means.”

McKean founded the online dictionary in 2008 because she wanted a home for words that weren’t making it into traditional dictionaries.

Words can mean what we want them to mean

Just as journalism has become more data-driven in recent years, McKean said by phone, so has lexicography. Wordnik uses algorithms to search for citations or “examples” of words, which get listed next to a word’s definitions. McKean refers to the citations as “language data” — information that helps people not only understand what a word means, but how it’s being used, who’s using it, and how long it’s been around. If the word hasn’t made its way into the traditional dictionary yet, the citations stand in place of a definition.

“At Wordnik, we believe, like Humpty Dumpty, that words mean what we want them to mean.”

“By showing people language data, we give people raw materials that they can use to investigate what they’re interested in,” said McKean, who used to be principal editor of the New Oxford American Dictionary. “Lexicographers are like data journalists with the tiniest beat. We report for each word in the language.”

The citations, McKean said, add context that helps people understand words in ways that definitions can’t. She described dictionary definitions as simply the “CliffNotes version” of all the citations that lexicographers read.

McKean said the question she gets asked the most is whether language is accelerating at a faster pace than years ago. It’s hard to say for sure, she said, but the multitude of platforms for sharing information certainly makes it feel more accelerated. “How would Charlie Sheen have gotten ‘winning‘ out there before Twitter?” she asked. “There are so many more places for people to record their language and share it without being filtered.”

People often confuse cause and effect when it comes to new words, she said. Words don’t become important because they’re added to the dictionary. They become important because of how people are using them and then they’re added to the dictionary.

Language as form of expression that has no rules

Aaron Peckham, founder of Urban Dictionary, sees new words emerge every day. Peckham started the site in college because he was using words with his friends that weren’t getting into the dictionary fast enough. Twelve years later, the site has more than six million words and gets about 25 million visitors each month.

The standards for Urban Dictionary definitions, which users submit themselves, aren’t very high. But Peckham prefers it that way. “People write really opinionated definitions and incorrect definitions. There are also ones that have poor spelling and poor grammar,” he said in a phone interview. “I think reading those makes definitions more entertaining and sometimes more accurate and honest than a heavily researched dictionary definition.”

The words and definitions on are often crass, but Peckham doesn’t tinker with them because they show the fluidity of language. And they show that language is constantly evolving, sometimes minute by minute. Every 30 seconds, he said, someone submits a new word to Urban Dictionary. Some words — including “hipster,” which was the most looked-up word on the site in 2011 — have more than 300 definitions.

“People are always adapting the language, and it’s cool to see that reflected somewhere,” Peckham said.

Peckham sees language as a form of expression that has no rules and is open for interpretation. “When you write a news article, you follow a particular style, but I don’t think there really needs to be a consistent model when it comes to defining language,” he said. “Just because people misspell things, (whether intentionally or unintentionally), or people don’t use correct grammar, it doesn’t mean their expression isn’t valid.”

He considers traditional dictionaries to be too authoritative because they make it seem as though there’s only one right way to define a word. People, he said, should have the option of creating their own definitions that contribute to a collective understanding of words.

“The part of Urban Dictionary that I love the most and that I want to protect is its personality. People write really witty definitions, and they aren’t taking it very seriously,” he said. “I feel like that’s what distinguishes Urban Dictionary from other dictionaries and Wikipedia. It’s not trying to be the authority, and it’s not trying to be without an opinion.”

Getting a word on the site is easy: Users submit a word, a small group of volunteers approves it, and it goes up on the site. Definitions are listed by popularity, which is determined by how many users give the word a thumbs-up.

Getting a word in the Merriam-Webster dictionary is a bit — OK, a lot — more complicated.

Taking time to track a word’s evolution

Throughout the year, Merriam-Webster Dictionary editors look at news stories, books and menus in search of new words. They keep running lists of how words are used and how often they’re used. “Finding citations is the first step,” said Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster’s editor at large. “Each word has to have a body of evidence that shows it’s increasing in use, and it has to have a clear meaning. That sometimes can take a number of years.”

New words aren’t added to until they’re added to the print version. The site does, however, have a section called “New Words and Slang,” which features words that users submit. Unlike Urban Dictionary, Merriam-Webster tweaks users’ definitions so that they conform to the dictionary’s style.

Some of the words in the section are pretty creative — “Upscalator” (an escalator that goes up); freighbor (a friend who’s a neighbor) and “textitis” (pain in the thumbs from frequent texting). Other words, such as “jeggings” and “hashtag,” are so familiar and commonly used that it’s almost disappointing they’re not yet in the dictionary. “Tweet,” “helicopter parent” and “boomerang child” are a few of the 150 or so words that were added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary last year.

Once Merriam-Webster decides a word should be added, junior editors craft a rough definition, which then goes through a copy editor and the editor-in-chief (known internally as the “director of defining.”)

Sokolowski said he likes the idea of sites like Urban Dictionary and Wordnik, but believes people need well-crafted definitions to really understand words.

“Putting a lot of examples of a single word in a single place is certainly the first step toward understanding a word, but citations aren’t definitions,” Sokolowski said. “In our experience, selecting and crafting good examples and then deriving standardized definitions from them is a helpful thing.”

He pointed out that words with subtle differences in meaning (such as “effect” and “affect”) are often the most looked-up words on “We want to help people understand these shades of meaning,” he said, noting that the site gets more than 100 million page views each month.

News coverage often drives the most looked-up words. When Andy Rooney died, for instance, Sokolowski noticed that people started looking up the word “curmudgeon” because they were reading it in obituaries. One of the most looked-up words of 2011 was “mercurial,” which Sokolowski describes as “a word favored by journalists who are covering a prominent and controversial figure.” Journalists, he said, used it to describe Keith Olbermann, Steve Jobs, Kim Jong Il and Moammar Gadhafi, and searches for the definition of the word spiked as a result.

Whether they’re looking up words in the traditional dictionary, trying to make sense of new words, or making up their own on Urban Dictionary, people are interested in language — and how it’s evolving. Last week, the American Dialect Society chose “occupy” as the 2011 Word of the Year, in part because it was an older word that developed new uses and meanings.

“One of the reasons we put the heart in the Wordnik logo is because we believe people really love words,” McKean told me. “We should make exploring words and finding meaning and connecting meaning as fun an experience as possible. Some sites make you feel like you should be punished for looking up a word. We like you to feel rewarded.”

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Yes, it's "in trouble."

Literally, it's a vulgar term for "outhouse," a meaning of which, our WRD seems to be ignorant, but one to which I can attest from experience.

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[out-hous] Show IPA
noun, plural out·hous·es [out-hou-ziz] Show IPA outbuilding with one or more seats and a pit serving as a toilet; privy.

Origin: 1525–35; out- + house Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2013.

Metaphorically, it's similar to the expression "in the toilet."

in the toilet also into the toilet in a bad condition The economy is rapidly going in the toilet and the country is in a mess.
See also: toilet
Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2003. Reproduced with permission.

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in deep shit (rude)in a lot of trouble If you get caught carrying that stuff, you'll be in deep shit.
See also: deep, shit
Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2003. Reproduced with permission.


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[ ahng-kawr, -kohr, ahn- ]

/ ˈɑŋ kɔr, -koʊr, ˈɑn- /


again; once more (used by an audience in calling for an additional number or piece).


a demand, as by applause, for a repetition of a song, act, etc., or for a performance of a number or piece additional to those on a program, or for a reappearance by the performers, as at the end of a concert, recital, etc.

the performance or reappearance in response to such a demand: He chose a Chopin nocturne for his encore.

any repeated or additional performance or appearance, as a rerun of a telecast or a rematch in sports.

verb (used with object),en·cored,en·cor·ing.

to call for a repetition of.

to call for an encore from (a performer).



We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.

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Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?

Origin of encore

1705–15; <French: still, yet, besides <Latin hinc hā hōrā or hinc ad hōram until this hour

Words nearby encore

encomiast, encomienda, encomium, encompass, encopresis, encore, encounter, encounter group, encounter session, encourage, encouragement Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use encore in a sentence

  • While Katzenbach greeted the news with a large measure of relief, he resented the fact that Wallace would be given a chance to take an encore.

    How Robert F. Kennedy Shaped His Brother's Response to Civil Rights|Patricia Sullivan|August 11, 2021|Time

  • For an encore, the conference currently has four teams inside the Associated Press top 10 — before this season, it hadn’t done that since 1987 — including three of the top five teams.

    This Year’s Big Ten Has Big Potential|Josh Planos|March 3, 2021|FiveThirtyEight

  • If you were stuck inside today and didn’t get to enjoy it, we’ve got some encores this weekend.

    PM Update: A delightful December weekend, then a rainstorm to start next week|Ian Livingston|December 11, 2020|Washington Post

  • The crowd bawls its approval, but begins to disperse after one encore.

    Stacks: Hitting the Note with the Allman Brothers Band|Grover Lewis|March 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • The band manages one encore, “Whipping Post,” but halfway through the number the audience is busily streaming toward the exits.

    Stacks: Hitting the Note with the Allman Brothers Band|Grover Lewis|March 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • And with a brief, foot-stomping encore of “I Feel the Earth Move,” she proved she can rock a bit, too.

    ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ Review: A Few Discordant Notes, But Damn Great Songs|Daniel Gross|January 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • And when, in a flurry of light and color, the band plays “Young Blood” as an encore, the house erupts.

    The Naked and Famous, New Zealand’s Synthpop Quintet, Is Here to Make You Happy|Melissa Leon|November 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST

  • It is as if Smilevski is demanding an encore by thumping on his own book.

    Goce Smilevski’s ‘Freud’s Sister’|Lauren Elkin|January 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST

  • I thought we were in for an encore performance, but gradually the uproar died away, and by midnight all was quiet.

    Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton

  • Sur le confluant des deux rivieres, y avoit la plus belle assemble des Sauvages que j'aye point encore veue.

    The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents, Vol. II: Acadia, 1612-1614|Various

  • Car les Sauvages ayans encore de la reverence aux sepultures de leurs peres & amis, le vouloient porter au Cap de Sable 40.

    The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents, Vol. II: Acadia, 1612-1614|Various

  • Mais particulierement encore l'exemption de maladies, qui est vn miracle tres-evident.

    The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents, Vol. II: Acadia, 1612-1614|Various

  • This is the proper ending to every demand for an encore in “Le Grillon,” and it never fails to bring one.

    The Real Latin Quarter|F. Berkeley Smith

British Dictionary definitions for encore


again; once more: used by an audience to demand an extra or repeated performance


an extra or repeated performance given in response to enthusiastic demand


(tr)to demand an extra or repeated performance of (a work, piece of music, etc) by (a performer)

Word Origin for encore

C18: from French: still, again, perhaps from Latin in hanc hōram until this hour

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012


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Urban Thesaurus

The Urban Thesaurus was created by indexing millions of different slang terms which are defined on sites like Urban Dictionary. These indexes are then used to find usage correlations between slang terms. The official Urban Dictionary API is used to show the hover-definitions. Note that this thesaurus is not in any way affiliated with Urban Dictionary.

Due to the way the algorithm works, the thesaurus gives you mostly related slang words, rather than exact synonyms. The higher the terms are in the list, the more likely that they're relevant to the word or phrase that you searched for. The search algorithm handles phrases and strings of words quite well, so for example if you want words that are related to lol and rofl you can type in lol rofl and it should give you a pile of related slang terms. Or you might try boyfriend or girlfriend to get words that can mean either one of these (e.g. bae). Please also note that due to the nature of the internet (and especially UD), there will often be many terrible and offensive terms in the results.

There is still lots of work to be done to get this slang thesaurus to give consistently good results, but I think it's at the stage where it could be useful to people, which is why I released it.

Special thanks to the contributors of the open-source code that was used in this project: @krisk, @HubSpot, and @mongodb.

Finally, you might like to check out the growing collection of curated slang words for different topics over at Slangpedia.

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Though officious sounds like official, it means being annoyingly eager to do more than is required. "The officious lunch lady made everyone's food choices her business, and made nasty comments when students chose cookies over carrots."

Officious is a tricky word as it seems like it might mean something like office or official. Instead, it is a word to describe someone that acts more official than they actually are. People who are officious are busybodies. They want to make their opinions known and followed, despite not having any kind of real power.

Definitions of officious

  1. adjective

    intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner

    “bustling about self-importantly making an officious nuisance of himself”

    synonyms:busy, busybodied, interfering, meddlesome, meddling

    tending to intrude (especially upon privacy)


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choose up

To divide a group of people into teams, as when playing a sport or game. The game hasn't started yet because it's taking those guys forever to choose up!

See also: choose, up

Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

choose up

Select players and form sides for a game or team, as in Jean was always afraid she'd be last when it was time to choose up. [First half of 1900s]

See also: choose, up

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

choose up


To select players and form sides, teams, or some other group for a game or competition: The two captains chose up sides for the baseball game.

See also: choose, up

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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