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The Urban Dictionary is a crowdsourced website that records new words and their meanings. It began life in 1999 as a parody of but has since become an important resource on the Web. Indeed, judges in the U.K. famously used the site in 2005 to help them understand slang used by two rappers involved in a dispute.

Part of Urban Dictionary’s appeal is its informal approach, which allows both definitions and descriptions of words. It even allows opinions, which can sometimes be offensive. It captures new words quickly and registers many of the variations that emerge over time. A voting system allows users to show admiration or disdain, revealing words’ popularity.

Today, many millions of users rely on the site to keep them up to date with slang, common usage, and popular culture.

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Of course, Urban Dictionary has its shortcomings. In the absence of style guides, editors, and moderators, the content can be vague and inaccurate. Also, little is known about the people who post new words and whether the entries reflect real changes in the language or just those that affect a small subset of people.

So just how good is the Urban Dictionary at capturing new words, and how does it compare with more conventional approaches to producing online dictionaries?

Today, we get an answer of sorts thanks to the work of Dong Nguyen at the Alan Turing Institute in London and a few pals, who compare the Urban Dictionary and its content with Wiktionary, another crowdsourced dictionary. “To the best of our knowledge, this is the first systematic study of Urban Dictionary at this scale,” they say.

Wiktionary is an interesting comparison because it takes a much more formal approach to crowdsourcing. This is a sister site to Wikipedia, run by the same Wikimedia organization. It records only word definitions and employs guidelines about how these should be compiled. It also guides users as to what constitutes a definition. Moderators edit the content, control vandalism, and aim to generate high-quality results. Unsurprisingly, Wiktionary has also become an important online resource, one that researchers increasingly use for natural-language processing and so on. 

Nguyen and co begin by analyzing the Urban Dictionary content in the broadest terms. They say it records 2,661,625 definitions for 1,620,438 words and phrases. Most words have just one definition, but a few have upwards of 1,000.

The word with the highest number of definitions is emo , with 1,204.  And the top definition is this:

  • A terribly misconstrued and misused word. In contemporary culture it is utilized as a broad term to describe a multitude of children and teenagers who straighten their hair, have their hair in their face, perhaps dye it black, and wear tight clothing. Unfortunately this is completely inaccurate. Actual “emo” music existed in the late 80’s and was a subgenre of hardcore punk rock, after all, “emo” is a shortening of “Emotional hardcore punk rock.” The people in early emo bands dressed like regular people, everyday guys/girls who just played music that they enjoyed. Sadly, since the formulation and ongoing existence of Hot Topic, the term emo has been incorrectly characterized for a little more than a decade. You have to wonder how the original bands feel about the slandering and mass misunderstanding and misuse of their originality with those of the unoriginal.

By contrast, Wiktionary lists five definitions for emo :

  • A particular style of hardcore punk rock 2. An individual or group of people associated with that subculture and musical style. 3. Any form of guitar-driven alternative rock that is particularly or notably emotional 4. An individual or group of people associated with a fashion or stereotype of that style of rock. 5. A young person who is considered to be over-emotional or stereotypically emo.

The word with the next highest number of definitions on Urban Dictionary is love , with 1140. The other words in the top 10 by number of definitions are: god , urban dictionary , chode , C anada’s  history , sex , school , cunt, and scene .

In terms of popularity, upvotes slightly outnumber downvotes. But, say Nguyen and co, “there is a wide variation among the definitions, with some having more than ten times more up votes than down votes and some the other way around.” 

The team also compare the lexical coverage of Urban Dictionary and Wiktionary. It turns out that the overlap is surprisingly small—72 percent of the words on Urban Dictionary are not recorded on Wiktionary. 

However, the team note that many words on Urban Dictionary are relevant to only a small subset of users. Many are nicknames or proper names such as Dan Taylor , defined as “A very wonderful man that cooks the best beef stew in the whole wide world.” These usually have only one meaning.

So to study more common words, the team also compared only those words that have two or more definitions. In that case, the overlap is much larger: just 25 percent of the definitions appear only on Urban Dictionary. For example, the word phased  appears on both dictionaries as something being done bit by bit—in phases.

However, Urban Dictionary also describes several other meanings, such as “A word that is used when your asking if someone wants to fight” and “to be ‘buzzed.’ when you arent drunk, but arent sober.”

In this analysis, many more words appear only on Wiktionary, some 69 percent of them. Nguyen and co say that many of these are encyclopedic entries such as acacetins , dramaturge , and S hakespearean sonnets .

That leads the team to a clear conclusion. “In general, we can say that the overlap between the two dictionaries is small,” they say.

Urban Dictionary meanings also include opinions, unlike those on Wiktionary. One definition of beer is this: “Possibly the best thing ever to be invented ever. I MEAN IT.”

To work out what proportion of definitions these make up, the team had crowdworkers assess each to determine whether it was an opinion or a meaning and whether they were familiar with it.

They found that up to 50 percent of meanings for proper nouns were opinions and that the workers were unfamiliar with the majority of these uses. They also found definitions such as  coffee,  “a person who is coughed upon.”

In addition, crowdworkers found that much of the Urban Dictionary content was offensive, but that this cntent  tended to get lower votes.

“We also found that words with more definitions tended to be more familiar to crowdworkers, suggesting that Urban Dictionary content does reflect broader trends in language use to some extent,” say Nguyen and co.

The work provides a unique window into a website that has come to play an important role in popular culture. That should set the scene for other studies. In particular, an interesting question is whether online dictionaries not only record linguistic change but actually drive it, as some linguists suggest.

Perhaps something for a future research project.

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24 slang words teens and Gen Zers are using in 2020, and what they really mean

  • Teens and members of Gen Z are using a slew of new slang terms, many of which are confusing to older generations.
  • If you've ever wondered what terms like "periodt," "snatched," or "big yikes" mean — then this guide is for you. 
  • Here's a list of 24 popular Gen Z slang terms and the correct way to use each of them. 
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In a world dominated by meme culture, ever-changing social media platforms, and the ability to cram your thoughts into a 280-character tweet, your grasp of basic slang can make or break your credibility as a functional and supposedly cool  human. 

Scroll through the comments of any Gen Z influencer's Instagram feed, and you may feel completely out of the loop on what the world is talking about. 

Though many of these terms have been around for decades , oftentimes derived from the language of Black and queer communities, online spaces have made the spread, appropriation , and evolution of language more rapid than ever before. 

Whether you're a millennial, Gen Xer, or baby boomer trying to stay up to date — or a Gen Zer in need of a refresher — here's a handy list of 24 popular slang terms and the correct way to use them all. 

Ally Spier contributed to an earlier version of this article.

Extra: To be "extra" is to be unnecessarily dramatic and over the top.

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"She celebrated her birthday for an entire month. She's so extra." 

Source : Merriam-Webster

Periodt: "Periodt" is a word used at the end of a sentence, meant to add emphasis to a point that has been made. It is often regarded as a more extreme or intense version of "period." It is also often preceded by the words "and that's on" to add further emphasis.

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A comma separates "periodt" from the rest of the sentence. It also sometimes seen as "periot."

Situation One: "I don't want to hear anything else about what I'm doing wrong until you find ways to get yourself right, periodt."

Situation Two:  "This is the best movie of all time, and that's on periodt."

Source:  Urban Dictionary

Snatched: The word "snatched" has two common definitions. The first refers to when someone is wearing something that is very fashionable, or has a look that looks really good. The second refers to the process of supporting an insult against someone who has lost an argument.

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Situation One:  "That outfit is snatched, you look so good."

Situation Two:  "Then I said, 'by the way, everything you said and stand for is wrong, and I can't even believe people as ignorant as you exist'." "Oop, s natched ." 

Source: Urban Dictionary

Wig: "Wig" is a phrase used to refer to something that is amazing. It refers to the idea that what you saw was so amazing, and incited so much shock in you, that your wig flew off.

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*Beyonce posts a photo*

Comments:  "Wig!" 

Big Yikes: "Big Yikes" is a more intense version of the word "yikes." It refers to something that is so very embarrassing that another, much larger "yikes" is needed.

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"I thought I was posting it to my finsta but it went to my actual account."


"Even worse: Now she knows I was with her boyfriend last night."


Fit: Unlike the British version of the term "fit," which means attractive, in the United States, "fit" is just the shortened version of outfit.

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"She had on a fire fit at the party." 

"Their fit was bold." 

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Bet: "Bet" is a word that has many uses. It can be used in lieu of the word "OK" or "YES," but it can also be used as a response when someone challenges you, instead of saying "watch" or "we'll see."

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Situation One: "Hey, I got your text message. See you at the club later." "Bet."

Situation Two: "You're not going to come to the party tonight. You never come to these types of events." "Alright, bet."

Fire: "Fire" is used to refer to something that is really cool and amazing.

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"That outfit is fire."

"The movie was fire, you have to check it out."

Cap / No Cap: To "cap" is to lie about something, whereas "no cap" means to tell the truth.

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"What you said is the biggest cap I've heard in a minute."

"All you do is cap, there's nothing real about you."

Shade: The word "shade" can be used as itself to refer to a situation where someone illustrated sneaky actions toward someone or something. On the other end, the person who has done the sneaky action has participated in the verb form of shade, which is to "throw shade."

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"I see you over there throwing shade."

"She was out here throwing shade."

"You are being so shady right now, omg."

Flex: To "flex" (as a verb) is to knowingly flaunt and show off. As a noun, a "flex" is the thing being shown off itself.

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Situation One: "He drove himself to school in a new car the day after he got his license. He's trying to flex."

Situation Two: "Big flex, I just got a job promotion last night." 

Source : Bustle

Go Off: "Go off" can be used to encourage a choice, or to support a rant or ridiculous behavior that's already occurred, usually meant humorously. Often, the phrase "I guess" follows it.

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"You sat there for five minutes trying to tell me how to live my life, meanwhile I have yet to see you get yours together. But go off, I guess." 

Source : Urban Dictionary

Lewk: "Lewk" is a variation of "look," a signature physical trait, or a specially and carefully constructed outfit or appearance

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"Their dress at prom was a lewk."

"Did you see Megan Thee Stallion's lewk in her newest video?" 

Source : The Cut

Lit: "Lit" is an adjective to describe when something's amazing, exciting, high-energy, or otherwise great. It can alternatively mean intoxicated or drunk.

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Situation One:  "That party was lit."

Situation Two: "I was way too lit last night."

Source : Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Lowkey / Highkey: "Lowkey" means slightly, secretly, modestly, or discretely. It's the opposite of "highkey," for when you're sincerely or assertively into something.

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"I lowkey can't wait for summer to be over."

"I highkey love snow."

Source : Business Insider

Salty: To be "salty" is to be annoyed, upset, or bitter, usually about something minor.

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"You look really salty right now. What happened?"

"I'm mad salty right now though, lowkey." 

Slay: To "slay" is to do really well or succeed at something. The term first emerged during the 1970s and '80s in the midst of black drag and ballroom culture.

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Situation One: "She slayed that fit" or "I slayed that test." 

Situation Two: "How do I look?" "Girl, you slay." 

Source : The Philadelphia Inquirer , PushBlack Now , Business Insider

Shook: If someone's "shook," they're affected by something, usually negatively and very emotionally. It can also mean shocked, surprised, or scared.

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"Can't believe how that movie ended. I'm shook." 

Stan: "Stan" can be a noun for an overzealous and obsessive fan, and a verb meaning to be that kind of fan. It originated from an Eminem song of the same name. Someone can be a "stan" of a celebrity, or used as a verb, they can "stan" them. The word can also be used to express tame support of a person or a cause.

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Situation One: "I stan pretty hard for Lizzo."

Situation Two:  "Don't say that to the 'Game of Thrones' stans."

Situation Three: "She is an incredible pop singer, unproblematic, who loves and supports equal rights. We have to stan." 

Source : Rolling Stone

Tea: "Tea" is gossip, and "spilling the tea" is the act of gossiping. We can also thank black drag culture for this iconic phrase. "Tea" is also used when one is agreeing with a point someone has just said.

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Situation One: "Spill the tea, what did he say?"

Situation Two: "Last night was a mess. Here's the tea." 

Situation Three:  "And then I said, I can't support or be with someone who doesn't love and support me." "Tea." 

Source : Merriam-Webster , Urban Dictionary

Thirsty: Someone is "thirsty" if they're overly eager and desperate, usually for attention, approval, or compliments.

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"He's posted, like, 10 selfies in the last hour. He's so thirsty."

Source : New York Times

Yeet: "Yeet" is a versatile word, mostly used either as a verb or to narrate the process of discarding things at high velocity.

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Situation One: As someone throws something into the trashcan, that person may scream "YEET." 

Situation Two: "That car hit the fire hydrant and then quickly went away. It went YEET." 

Sksksksk: This phrase is also very versatile, but is mostly a filler expression of excitement, used when people do not know what else to say, or how to transition into a new phrase. It's popular among VSCO girls who use it to express their excitement.

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"Are you going to the party tonight?"


Source: Business Insider

Simp: Basically the modern way of calling someone a schmoozer or a people pleaser, "simp" is mostly used to describe people (generally those who identify as male) who are willing to do anything to get somebody to fall in love with them.

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While "simp" exploded in 2019 and 2020, the term and its current meaning actually originate from late 1980s and early '90s hip-hop, according to

"Yes, I bought her flowers, took her to dinner, gave her my Netflix password, and now we're planning to go to the park tomorrow to watch birds."

"Man, you're a simp."

Source: Urban Dictionary ,

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  • act as something
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  • all-points bulletin
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  • put something on
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  • shove someone around
  • stick out for something

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What does  slay mean.

Yaaaaaas! Slay, queen! 

Slay can mean “to kill a person or animal,” “to make someone laugh,” “to have sex with someone,” or “to do something spectacularly well,” especially when it comes to fashion, artistic performance, or self-confidence.

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Where does slay come from.

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Slay is an old word with Germanic roots that’s found in early Old English, but it was generally reserved for killing mythical beasts and vanquishing enemies on the battlefield—GOT style. 

Fast forward to the 1920s, the age of jazz, flappers, and some serious slang. To slay someone in the Roaring Twenties meant “to make someone laugh very hard,” commonly expressed as You slay me!  

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There’s some evidence that slay emerged as slang for “looking attractively fashionable” in the 1800s. But in black, Latinx, queer ball culture in the 1970–80s,  slay ing  definitely came to refer to when an outfit, hair, makeup, dance moves, and attitude were all flawless. It’s a metaphor: One is “killing it” with their stunning self and style.

Slay spread in the intersectional worlds of gay culture, fashion, and the drag scene. It was heavily featured in 1991 in the influential New York drag documentary Paris Is Burning . When RuPaul’s Drag Race brought drag culture into millions of living rooms starting in 2009, slay got a massive signal boost.

In 2016, Beyonc é took slay  mainstream. She commanded her ladies to get in formation and slay.  The ladies of the world answered with another term originated by queer ball culture: Yas, queen!   Slay had slain, crossing over into (though some would say being appropriated by) non-queer black and feminist spheres. 

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In an interesting twist, slay queen  has become slang for a vain, vapid , gold-digging woman in Kenya.

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Who uses slay.

While an old word, slay , for “kill,” has not fallen out of use.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer literally and figuratively slew on TV in the 1990s as did the character Jaime Lannister, the Kingslayer, on Game of Thrones in the 2000s. The metal band  Slayer  have been slaying their guitar since 1981.

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As for the slang slay , it’s especially found in gay and black female culture. It can be used whenever a person looks self-confidently good, acts in a self-empowered way, or does or achieves something spectacular, especially in the face of some challenge. It’s often issued as exclamation: Slay! That is, Do it! ,  You got this! ,  Right on!  While the formal past tense of slay is slew …  for real, the slang past tense tends to be slayed .

As with a lot of contemporary slang rapidly popularized on social media, slay has been the inspiration of cultural products, from makeup like Slay All Day to books, like  Constance C.R. White’s 2018  How to Slay: Inspiration from the Queens and Kings of Black Style . Actress Nia Sioux released an anthem to slaying, “SLAY,” in 2015.

Slay  has gone mainstream, but be mindful that it originated in black, queer culture, which may see insensitive or glib uses of the term as appropriative .

This is not meant to be a formal definition of slay like most terms we define on, but is rather an informal word summary that hopefully touches upon the key aspects of the meaning and usage of slay that will help our users expand their word mastery.

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What does 'WYLL' mean? Here's what the text slang stands for and how to use it.

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It feels as if there are new abbreviations, slang and acronyms popping up online every day. And with seemingly countless examples, even the savviest of internet users can be left stumped by a term.

" ICYMI ," USA TODAY has been breaking down text slang. Now, there's no need to stress over a DM your friend sent or a meme on TikTok. We've got you covered with various explainers on different phrases, such as " rizz " and " WTV ." 

It's time to learn a new one. Here is the meaning and how to use the slang "WYLL."  

What does 'WYLL' mean?

"WYLL" stands for " what you look like ," according to Urban Dictionary. The term is most commonly used during direct or text messages, especially if the two people have not met face-to-face.

It is not only used to inquire about how someone looks physically but also about their personality or interests. Usually, by asking "WYLL," you are looking to receive photos or videos from someone.

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How to use 'WYLL'

Here are some examples of how to use "WYLL":

  • "You seem really chill, wyll?"
  • "We've been chatting for a while, so wyll?"
  • "I've told you a lot about me, so wyll?"

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Build an Urban Dictionary Chatbot in PHP with Bref and the Twilio API for WhatsApp

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Build an Urban Dictionary Chatbot in PHP with Bref

Internet slang evolves so rapidly that it’s easy to get lost in communication while texting without the help of linguistic services like Urban Dictionary . Wouldn’t it be great if you could easily query new colloquialisms on the go?

In this tutorial, we will build a handy WhatsApp  bot that gives us the Urban Dictionary definition of words. It will leverage the Twilio API for WhatsApp  and the Urban Dictionary API  to find and provide the definitions we need, on demand.


In order to follow along with this tutorial, you will need the following:

  • PHP  (version 7.2 or higher to use the latest version of Bref )
  • Composer , npm , and the Serverless CLI  installed
  • A Twilio Account
  • ngrok  installed (to use your local server as a webhook URL)

Get Started

If you are using a UNIX or Mac OS system, create and enter into the project folder with the commands below:

For Windows developers, use the following commands in the command prompt window:

Next, using Composer, install the dependencies the project will be needing:

  • bref/bref  to bootstrap our application
  • twilio/sdk  to be used in sending out WhatsApp messages
  • vlucas/phpdotenv  for using variables declared in the .env file from your PHP code
  • bramus/router  to easily manage the application routes.

Next, initialize a new Bref  application in the project folder by running ./vendor/bin/bref init .

Select the [1] HTTP  option from the interactive menu. That way, Bref understands that the project is meant to handle HTTP requests. It will also install support to easily provision AWS Lambda .

Screenshot of selecting Bref's HTTP option

The previous command creates an index.php  file and a serverless.yml  file in the project directory. The index.php  file serves as your application entry point and will be modified later to additionally contain the application logic. The serverless.yml  file contains the configuration needed for Bref to deploy your application to Lambda.

Set up your Twilio WhatsApp Sandbox

Though you will need an approved WhatsApp business account to use the API in production, Twilio provides an API sandbox  for use while developing your application.

To activate the sandbox, visit the WhatsApp Sandbox  page on your Twilio console and accept the terms of service. Upon activation, a unique combination of phone number and code will be generated for you.

Use your WhatsApp enabled device to send the unique code (i.e “join <YOUR-SANDBOX-CODE>”) as a WhatsApp message to your Sandbox number to start using it.

Whatsapp Sandbox Activation Screen

NOTE : If you get stuck, here is a detailed guide on getting up and running with the Twilio API for WhatsApp Sandbox .

Update your Environment Variables

Create a .en v file in the project directory and add the Sandbox number from the previous section to it. Similarly, grab your Account SID and your Auth Token  from your Console Dashboard  and add them to the .env  file as well as follows:

Listen for New Messages

Open the index.php  file in your code editor and replace its content with the code below:

The code above makes all of the credentials declared in the .env  file available for our application to use with the help of  the phpdotenv package.

Next, the router is instantiated and a callable function  is set up to handle the receive-message route. The function receives an incoming message and the Body value, which represents the word the user wants to search for. The From value is also received, which is the user’s phone number. A query is then executed in search of the definitions of the word and a $message variable is built whose value depends on whether or not a definition was found. The resulting $message is then sent back to the user.

Retrieve Definitions with PHP and cURL

The getDefinitionsFor function handles our app communication with the Urban Dictionary API using cURL. The function also returns any response it gets back to its caller.

Add the implementation for the getDefinitionsFor function below the receive-message handler, which is right before the $router->run(); line.

Send WhatsApp Messages

The sendMessage function uses the credentials declared in the .env  file and asks Twilio to send a message to the recipient on our behalf.

In order for the sendMessage function to work, copy and paste the following code into the index.php  file right below the function definition for getDefinitionsFor :

The recipient is the sender variable we retrieved in the route handler. As a result of that, the phone number is formatted properly already. Remember to use the E.164 format  of phone numbers if you are passing them in from a different source.

Expose your localhost with ngrok

Start the built-in PHP server and expose it to the internet with ngrok using the commands below. Feel free to use a different port if 3500 is not convenient.

Type the following commands in your terminal:

The ngrok command will give you a list of URLs to interact with your locally-hosted application. Note the https  version of the ngrok Forwarding  URL, as we will be needing it shortly.

Head over to the WhatsApp Sandbox page  on your Twilio console. Paste the ngrok Forwarding  URL into the new message webhook field in the “A NEW MESSAGE COMES IN” field and click Save .

NOTE : Restarting ngrok will generate a new forwarding URL, so remember to update it again on your Twilio console if it changes.

Now you’re ready to test the application!

Message your Sandbox number with a word and you should get back the definition as seen on Urban Dictionary.

Screenshot of Urban Dictionary definitions

Deploy the project

Though we’ve used Bref PHP to bootstrap the project, you can deploy the code to your favorite PHP web host or cloud provider by copying the contents of the project folder to your server’s webroot.

You can also deploy it to AWS Lambda  via the Serverless framework  that Bref uses. In that case, the Bref documentation  is a good place to get you started. You can also lookup the deployment sections in other recently posted Bref articles such as Forwarding Twilio Application Errors to Slack  and Verifying Phone Numbers using Bref PHP .

By combining the Urban Dictionary API and the Twilio API for WhatsApp, we have found a way to easily stay updated with the newest internet slang. You can make further improvements like improving the conversation flow with AI using Twilio Autopilot .

The complete source code for the project is available if you want to check it out on GitLab .

Michael Okoko  is a software engineer and computer science student at Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. He loves open source and is mostly interested in Linux, Golang, PHP, and fantasy novels! You can reach him via:

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You might also have noticed that many of the synonyms or related slang words are racist/sexist/offensive/downright appalling - that's mostly thanks to the lovely community over at Urban Dictionary (not affiliated with Urban Thesaurus). Urban Thesaurus crawls the web and collects millions of different slang terms, many of which come from UD and turn out to be really terrible and insensitive (this is the nature of urban slang, I suppose). Hopefully the related words and synonyms for " multitasking " are a little tamer than average.

The Urban Thesaurus was created by indexing millions of different slang terms which are defined on sites like Urban Dictionary . These indexes are then used to find usage correlations between slang terms. The official Urban Dictionary API is used to show the hover-definitions. Note that this thesaurus is not in any way affiliated with Urban Dictionary.

Due to the way the algorithm works, the thesaurus gives you mostly related slang words, rather than exact synonyms. The higher the terms are in the list, the more likely that they're relevant to the word or phrase that you searched for. The search algorithm handles phrases and strings of words quite well, so for example if you want words that are related to lol and rofl you can type in lol rofl and it should give you a pile of related slang terms. Or you might try boyfriend or girlfriend to get words that can mean either one of these (e.g. bae ). Please also note that due to the nature of the internet (and especially UD), there will often be many terrible and offensive terms in the results.

There is still lots of work to be done to get this slang thesaurus to give consistently good results, but I think it's at the stage where it could be useful to people, which is why I released it.

Special thanks to the contributors of the open-source code that was used in this project: @krisk , @HubSpot , and @mongodb .

Finally, you might like to check out the growing collection of curated slang words for different topics over at Slangpedia .

Please note that Urban Thesaurus uses third party scripts (such as Google Analytics and advertisements) which use cookies. To learn more, see the privacy policy .

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