Writing Prompt: Write about Words found in UrbanDictionary.com

"I Know I Can" WNFIN Prompt 022Funky Language Monday

In today’s writing prompt, we focus on a unique dictionary that contains all kinds of funky words, including African American idioms, expressions, and slang terms. Just like other major social media projects, UrbanDictionary.com was created by a student. Since its inception in 1999, this website has grown in popularity and cultural significance. Your job is to research UrbanDictionary.com, understand the unique phrases, terms, and words said by African Americans, and write about them.

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  • Step 1: Go to UrbanDictionary.com and browse. Besides amusing yourself, put on your serious researcher hat and thoughtfully research urban words and phrases that are attributed to African Americans. Pick a few of those words to write about.
  • Step 2: Try to understand the context in which your chosen urban words are used. What meanings do you think African Americans ascribe to certain urban words? What are they trying to say? How are they saying it – to be funny, sarcastic, serious, intellectual, sad, or other?
  • Bonus Step: If you own a blog and wish to share a link to the blog post that contains your response to today’s writing prompt, we welcome your permalink and encourage you to post it as a comment below! Bonus points if you add a historical perspective to your writing.

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Amanda M. Socci, J.D., is a freelance writer with 14 years of experience writing professionally. Socci currently cuts her blogging chops on her personal portfolio blog, the Creative Idea Gal blog, and on an online news site, Mount Vernon Patch. Inspired by Nina Amir’s Write Nonfiction in November writing challenge, she created a unique 10-month training program for Writenonfictionnow.com and Writenonfictioninnovember.com blog visitors.

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