5 Crowd-Sourced Dictionaries and How To Use Them
You might not know the definition of crowd-sourcing, but it is a technology you have almost certainly used on a semi-regular basis in the last couple of years. It is the process of putting together a website with user generated content. Anything that allows you to add or edit the pages as a user meets the criteria for being crowd-sourced. Like cloud storage, crowd sourcing has been a hot topic recently!
One example that is most prolific is Wikipedia, an entirely user run encyclopedia website that has become the standard for such projects. If you are looking for information, it is probably the first page you click from the search results. Despite being an open platform, it is also surprisingly accurate in most cases, thanks to the editing and collaboration processes it boasts.
But there are many other examples out there, as this style of site has really taken off. Take a look at these five crowd-sourced dictionaries.
This is a creative (and innovative) site that has taken into account the changes in modern culture thanks to the easy access of online videos. Using YouTube, Vimeo and other popular video databases, it has created a dictionary that uses these clips to help ascertain the meaning of a word or phrase. Some of these are helpful, others are just amusing.
Anyone can post a ‘vifinition’ to the site. You can also easily search for terms or phrases with the customized search bar at the top of every page. They have an alphabet browse feature for those who just want a look through.
Be sure to check their Vifinition of the Day on the front page.
Everyone has a Twitter. If you are one of the few people who doesn’t have a Twitter, you will soon. I am so certain of this that I am just going to explain this next dictionary as though you are using the social networking site at this very moment.
Tagdef works by adding definitions to popular hashtags used in tweets. For example. #yolo (for You Only Live Once) and #oomf (for One Of My Followers). If you ever find yourself confused by a hashtag, you can always do a quick search here, or learn some new ones to use yourself.
You can also add your own by submitting them to the site. Or just see the latest tweets using a specific tag at the end of the hash page.
We have already established the popularity of Wikipedia. But did you know they had a dictionary, as well? Offering versions in most common languages (such as English, French, German, Arabic, Hebrew, Mandarin and more), they have millions of helpful entries.
Like Wikipedia, you can edit a page through the Edit tab. So if you find yourself with knowledge not listed, you can add it in.
You probably know Urban Dictionary just as well as Wikipedia, at this point. It has become the ultimate place for slang and obscure terminology, even sparking some phrases that were never heard before its introduction.
When you want to contribute to the site, you just submit a term. It will be accepted and place on the site within a few days, usually. You can usually find multiple definitions for the same term, so be sure to do a search before you submit one to see it hasn’t already been put up.
The Rap Dictionary
It’s funny how even rap fans have no idea what is being said half the time. For example, did you know that in the song Hot In Here by Nelly, the lyrics “‘m just kidding like Jason” refers to Jason Kidd, the basketball player? It is just that kind of obscure reference that leads to a lot of confusion.
This dictionary helps you navigate the completely random things that many rap artists say in order to get a rhyme, whether it makes sense or not. You can also add your own in the same way as an Wikipedia page.
There you are, five crowd-sourced dictionaries that may or may not be helpful, but are at least entertaining. Best of all, each of them are asking for your help now to maintain them. Without the users, they are nothing!