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STATUS: Another quiet day as NYC gets socked by snow. Our marketing director who is based in New York hasn’t had electricity since midnight. In Denver, it’s sunny and supposed to be 50 degrees tomorrow. Gotta rub it in when I can.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? MODERN LOVE by David Bowie

My husband forwarded this link to me and it’s perfect for a Friday. I’ve been chuckling all morning.

It’s urban dictionary.

My favs so far?

that’s crazy!

It’s the perfect response when you haven’t been listening at all.It works whether the other person has been saying something funny, or sad, or infuriating, or boring….
Them: ‘my girlfriend’ dumped me last night’ You (thirsty, not paying attention): ‘oh man, that’s crazy’

dead cat bounce

Wall Street expression describing the phenomenon of a stock or share bottoming out to near zero and then recovering with a sharp buying spree from bargain hunters: the notion being that even a dead cat will bounce if dropped from a high-enough point.

darth breather

One who breathes loudly, sometimes unknowingly, sounding like Darth Vader.

TGIF! I’m out.

25 Responses

  1. Phyllis said:

    I know the urban dictionary. It’s great, isn’t it?

    The darth breather reminded me of the dracula sneeze, one of my favs of late.

  2. Kristi said:

    I’m loving the weather in Denver right now. The urban dictionary is hilarious — my fav is the cognitus interruptus as I experience it daily! Happy Friday! 🙂

  3. Angie said:

    Oh yeah, been luvin that urban dictionary.

    NO FAIR about your weather! I’m in Iowa and we’re climbing to the top of the ladder on the Snowiest Winters Ever record. And to top that off it’s been too damn cold to enjoy anything. I can’t wait until it hits 40. Break out the shorts!

  4. arlee bird said:

    I find the Urban Dictionary to be very helpful in writing dialogue, but I feel that I have to be careful that I don’t lose the reader with too much unfamiliar street slang.

  5. Kat Sheridan said:

    Oh crapazoid. I’ve loved the urban dictionary for ages, and at this very minute, when I soooo need to be writing, I’m dragged back into its deliciousness. A total weapon of mass distraction.

  6. LeeAnn Flowers said:

    Try putting your name into the urban dictionary to see what it’s slang for. I discovered that a leeann is a crazy, adorable, teenage cat lover. Not quite teenaged anymore, but still amusing. The crazy still fits, though.

  7. Sue said:

    I am terribly guilty of the “that’s crazy” not-paying-attention decoy move. It’s 100% fool proof I tell you.

  8. Terry said:


    As far as ‘agent reimbursement expenses,’ can you share what you bill/deduct from your author-clients’ accounts?

    Copying? Postage? Travel? Weird things?



  9. John M. Baron said:

    How about being in the Denver area with this beautiful weather of late, but being too busy with day-job work to either write OR step outside for a walk.
    Now that’s crazy!

  10. Mechelle Fogelsong said:

    Like arlee bird, I also apply Urban Dictionary-isms to my YA novels, but I’ve wondered how careful I should be about that.

    Does anyone know if Urban Dictionary carries a copyright on its -isms?

    Maybe I’m fine, as long as I don’t use too many. Any comments from people who know this stuff?

  11. WhisperingWriter said:

    At this point I’m a little over the snow. We’re in Wyoming and got some yesterday. Granted, I guess I don’t mind it as much if I don’t have to drive in it.

    I will be e-mailing my query letter soon. I am finally finished with my novel. (Chick lit.)

    Have a fantastic Monday!

  12. roseduncan said:

    Okay, sadly my son’s high school is in Urban Dictionary.They claim the entire student body is high on pot 24/7. Need I say more?

  13. Nancy D'Inzillo said:

    I had heard of Urban Dictionary but hadn’t managed to visit it until just now. I can’t wait for my boyfriend or his father to start telling one of their hyperbolized life stories though, so I can say, “What an excellent spicey edit!” It’ll be well worth the blank stares.

  14. EKMac said:

    Darth breather – my new favorite phrase 🙂 I feel sorry for the next heavy breather that comes my way … I will be poised with my verbal attack phasers set on stun.
    (You didn’t think I could get a Star Wars AND a Star Trek reference in one comment, did you?)

    Okay, back to writing.
    Erin Rieber

  15. Maureen McGowan said:

    Have you tried typing your name into Urban dictionary? Someone sent out a tweet a few weeks ago to try that and it was hilarious. At least mine was.

    **Maureen goes off to try Kristen**

  16. Maureen McGowan said:

    Definition of your name according to UD. Not making this up:


    One of the coolest people you will ever meet. She is always there when you need her. She likes to kiss her guy friends. She got that cashflow. Drives a silver mustang, and dont take shit from no one.
    “She be fly”,
    Nah, she be kristin

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