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Urban dictionary trend: What your name means and how it’s become so relevant.

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You may have noticed the increasing number of social media users posting their Urban Dictionary name meaning everywhere. This is in fact the latest social media trend that, unlike some of the others, doesn't insight violence or danger. This trend instead offers users humor through the interesting definitions that can be found through the sites library of words.

Urban Dictionary was founded in 1999 by Aaron Peckham as a crowdsourced dictionary for slang and socialized words. The site has grown over the years and now includes a definition for every word you can think of, and some you didn't think people thought of.

A quick search of any term brings up several user submitted definitions often more meant to be a troll than to be real. This is largely in part to the website allowing submissions from just about anyone able to register an email address.

From your name describing you as a ball of cuteness, to literally the most talented person in the world, users are starting to see that Urban Dictionary has an interesting library of name definitions that users devoted time and thought. Interested in what your name has been defined as? You could always check it out on Urban Dictionary. Best thing about it, if you don't like what you see, you can always write your own take on the word. Check out another example below:

Though of course not everyone is thrilled with their timeline being filled with fictitious name definitions. Not even ten minuets into a scroll on your newsfeed you'll find critics of the new trend such as this:

This is a very valid point, most names do have a much more intricate origin than those offered on Urban Dictionaries database. So, what's the appeal? Just another trend out of boredom I suppose. At any rate, we'll see how long it takes for this name search to die down in the coming weeks.

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