Writers are all about resources. Here is one you should know about with a caveat… www.urbandictionary.com. My latest favorite word, delivered into my inbox, was nerd-do-well. This is a financially successful nerd as in, “He was thought to be the loser of his graduation class, but now this nerd-do-well could easily buy the friggin’ school.” Another one, “bong appetit,” made it into a recent rewrite of one of our scripts.
How about Chik-Fil-Atheist? A person who loves Chik-Fil-A, but not God, and is therefore pissed that Chik-Fil-A is closed on Sundays.
Then there’s one I really relate to…commaphobia which is a condition of writers with comma aversions because they never know if the comma should go inside or outside quotation marks.
Here’s the caveat about this website. it’s amazingly distracting. Ten minutes go by and you can’t remember what you were trying to find in the first place – or why. Another problem is that many of our searches are in the form of a question (e.g. what are slang terms for getting the munchies when you smoke weed), and urbandictionary.com doesn’t cope well with questions. Bong appetit didn’t come as the result of a search. It showed up in our in boxes and was so good we rewrote a scene to include it.
And sometimes Urban Dictionary just gives you way too much information… as in brozilian derived from the term brazilian which refers to the near-complete removal of…. I am not even going to think about trying to add a visual!