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Staff Writer
Columbus Parent is one of the top 250 sites on the web. It was even nominated by Time Magazine as one of the 50 best websites of 2008. So what is Urban Dictionary? It's a web-based dictionary of definitions of slang words, phrases and even emoticons (like o_O, for example, which according to the Urban Dictionary means "confused, stunned or weirded out"). Who knew?It's amazing how much teenagers like this successful website, and how helpful it can be for adults trying to understand and reach teens. Anyone can contribute to Urban Dictionary, even anonymous users. On this website you can find definitions of a word like "cool," or even more complicated words to define, like "love." But the thing is that you don't necessarily have to agree with the definitions, you can simply vote them "up" or "down." Don't you wish you could do that with people? There are some words with just one or two definitions, while other words have hundreds.Be forewarned some words are graphic. DO NOT EXPLORE WITH LITTLE ONES! Just today there was a word on the homepage that should never even be spoken. But America's teens are looking at it. You may even want to steer YOUR teen away from this site altogether. We're just trying to keep you in the loop here, people. Sadly, it's the world in which we live nowadays. And you know THAT word won't be on this site.

In October 2005 some Urban Dictionary's definitions were turned into a book called Urban Dictionary: Fularious Street Slang Defined. In October 2007, the second book was made available, the Mo' Urban Dictionary: Ridonkulous Street Slang Defined.Some of the highest-rated definitions on Urban Dictionary are about the Urban Dictionary itself. They claim that it "is a place formerly used to find out about slang and now a place that teens with no life use as a burn book," and the "coolest semi-fake dictionary ever made," and even "the result of millions of teenagers who have too much free time."

However its users define it, Urban Dictionary is definitely a very helpful website for offering a peek inside the teenage mind. As scary as that may seem.