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Alternative English dictionary

By Value removed in MLP
Wed Feb 14, 2001 at 03:19:26 PM EST
Tags: Culture (all tags)

This is a great site for the next time someone insults you and you don't know what they mean (or perhaps if you are seeking a new insult) - something that happens surprisingly often (someone, with total sincerity, recently asked me what 'wanker' meant).

Be advised that this site is not for the easily offended, containing words and/or phrases some people might find offensive.

The site is part of the Alternative Dictionaries Project, which is a user-compiled multi-language slang dictionary:

The Alternative Dictionaries is a web service where you may read and input words that are not normally included in dictionaries. A number of languages are supported. It's up to you to make this interesting for others, by entering words yourself! The idea is to make dictionaries of slang, "dirty" words and other "bad language", as these are (often) very common, but usually difficult to find in common dictionaries, and it takes some courage to ask a native speaker about the meaning of such words.

Also along these lines, although in a rather more humourous vein, is Roger's Profanisaurus, from notorious British comment Viz.

PS. Quicker access to the slang dictionary can be achieved via Google's cache


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Alternative English dictionary | 19 comments (16 topical, 3 editorial, 0 hidden)
Everything2 (3.50 / 2) (#1)
by duxup on Wed Feb 14, 2001 at 10:36:39 AM EST

Whenever I can't find a word that I can not find in a traditional dictionary I use Everything2.com.

*sigh* (3.00 / 1) (#5)
by duxup on Wed Feb 14, 2001 at 10:51:46 AM EST

Please excuse the horrid grammar above.
Shame! SHAME on me!

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Mojo jojo! (4.00 / 2) (#10)
by enani on Wed Feb 14, 2001 at 12:52:36 PM EST

Hehe, you talk a lot like Mojo Jojo! He's a silly monkey!
--=* Moshi-moshi! *=--
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I WILL SAVE HIM! (5.00 / 1) (#16)
by Bubbles on Thu Feb 15, 2001 at 03:28:59 AM EST


[ Parent ]
Yay Bubbles! (3.00 / 2) (#18)
by enani on Thu Feb 15, 2001 at 07:55:47 PM EST

Bubbles is my favoritest Powerpuff Girl! Yay!
--=* Moshi-moshi! *=--
[ Parent ]
Mine too! (none / 0) (#19)
by duxup on Fri Feb 16, 2001 at 01:03:04 AM EST

I created that account just so she could save me :-)

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Caviar, coincidence, so many things... (4.00 / 2) (#2)
by titus-g on Wed Feb 14, 2001 at 10:47:52 AM EST

I'd only just hunted down the French section 5 mins before you posted this...

http://www.sonic.net/maledicta/index.html is probably worth a visit if this sort of thing tickles your todger...

--"Essentially madness is like charity, it begins at home" --

Ah, Like the Jargon File (3.50 / 2) (#3)
by AzTex on Wed Feb 14, 2001 at 10:49:47 AM EST

I can see this as a Non-Technical implementation of The Jargon File.

solipsism: I'm always here. But you sometimes go away.
** AzTex **

Related to Roger's... (5.00 / 2) (#4)
by mdxi on Wed Feb 14, 2001 at 10:51:32 AM EST

Since you mentioned Roger's Profanisaurus, I'd like to point out a document I wrote for some of my friends for whom English is not their native language.

It's called How To Be Rude: Usage and Technique, and while it's not comprehensive, and doesn't aim to be. Instead, it is a full-on tutorial to cursing in English

The current version can be found at http://mdxi.collapsar.net/writings/htbr/index.html. Someone feel free to mirror that if you feel it's worthy, as my internet connection is a paltry 56k modem.

FYI, that document is still being revised, although the new version will be served from a database/publishing engine that is still being worked on. So send in your comments/suggestions!

dont hurt mdxi (5.00 / 1) (#8)
by hariya on Wed Feb 14, 2001 at 11:34:51 AM EST

I mirrored the files here. I wanna see how much these department servers of mine can take. :) hariya

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"take a piss" (5.00 / 1) (#11)
by Estanislao Martínez on Wed Feb 14, 2001 at 01:47:56 PM EST

I think the theories you list in section 1.4 about "take a piss" are far from convincing. #2 I don't think explains much, not at leas the way it's worded-- sure, "piss" comes from the Norman verb and noun "pisser/pisse", which survives into Modern French, but that doesn't say much about the "take a piss" construction. (Though French has a phrase "tirer un pisse" ("to shoot a piss"); however, it makes a bit more sense, doesn't it?)

Anyway, the most likely explanation here is that "take" is what in the linguistics literature is called a "light verb", a verb that doesn't contribute much (if anything) towards the meaning of a sentence. Thus, in English you can take a break, you can take a turn, you can take turns, you can take a long time, you can take air, take a bath, take trouble, take pains, take into consideration, take an oath, take a joke, take someone for a fool, take a fall, take counsel, and I've only gotten through half of the OED entry so far. So the fact that you can "take a piss" or "take a shit/dump" should be far from surprising, considering that "take" just appears all over the place in English.

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A suggestion on How To Be Rude (4.66 / 3) (#14)
by YellowBook on Wed Feb 14, 2001 at 04:22:29 PM EST

You might want to use linguistic notation for incorrect examples:

*It's really hell hot!
*He is a hell idiot!

You precede the incorrect examples with an asterisk to make it clear that they're incorrect. I guess this is since some people may be skimming and looking at the examples rather than reading all of your explanations.

[ Parent ]
Huh. (none / 0) (#15)
by mdxi on Wed Feb 14, 2001 at 10:01:40 PM EST

I was not aware of that convention...Thanks for pointing it out :)

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For UK readers only (4.80 / 5) (#6)
by Everything on Wed Feb 14, 2001 at 10:56:43 AM EST

Check out Ali G's dictionary (note for Americans: Ali G is a white man pretending to be a black gangsta).
PS. I think the poster should have put the profanisaurus first.
Some of those are pretty funny:
aim Archie at the Armitage euph. Urinate. Also point Percy at the porcelain.
big cock day n. A day, quite possibly in spring, the arrival of which is greeted with the dawn horn (qv) and throughout which the sap continues to rise. For example `As he wrestled himself into his shreddies, D'Arcy knew it was going to be a big cock day'. (Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austin).
Arsenal are at home euph. Nick Hornby's bird is chasing the cotton mouse; has the painters in, etc. Arsenal can be replaced by any football team who play in red. Scotland Aberdeen etc.
wanking chariot n. Single bed, particularly common in student bedsits.
five against one n. A very one sided but none-the-less enjoyable game of wrestling in which Madame Palm and her five sisters (qv) attempt to strangle Kojak (qv). The game ends when you make the bald man cry (qv).
hoeing the HP v. Uphill gardening (qv) on the brown sauce allotment.
homosexual n. A man or woman sexually attracted to members of his or her own sex. Often at bus stops. (From the Greek homos ecsuralos meaning ‘lifter of shirts’.)
lunchbox lancer n. archaic Mediaeval term for a cocoa shunter (qv). First used by King Arthur to describe the French army. In 562 AD he wrote: “Fear not the French, for their knights are without heart, and their King without wisdom. But keep thine backs as to the wall, for amongst their number thou shalt find more than a few lunchbox lancers, I can tell you”.

The obligatory link: (3.66 / 3) (#12)
by cezarg on Wed Feb 14, 2001 at 02:43:13 PM EST

The meaning of Liff. One of the most comprehensive "alternative dictionaries" out there. Quite amusing especially if you're British (or at least lived there).

Bollocks! (none / 0) (#17)
by PenguinWrangler on Thu Feb 15, 2001 at 06:37:59 AM EST

I was once accused on a newsgroup of inventing the word "Bollocks" by an American who had never heard it before.

British slang unfamiliar to Americans often gives US comedy writers something to work on. Oh how we laughed when we found out Mork and Mindy's landlord was "Mr. Wanker", or that Peg Bundy's maiden name was Wanker. And the old Lost in Space TV show once had an "Officer Bollocks" character...
"Information wants to be paid"
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