Sunday, August 10, 2008

Google Saved the Day!


“Yo.Yo.Yo. Manager Joe. What’s the dillio?”
“Hello there, dude, what’s happenin’?”
Okay, so maybe at my age I’m more likely to break a hip than to be hip. But, I try. As a restaurant manager at a location close to a college, I interact with many customers, as well as employees, who are less than half my age. I really have little problem communicating with these kids (unless they are working in the kitchen, but that’s a story for another time). But sometimes a word comes out in conversation (like badunkadunk) that has me running to the office computer and logging on to my friend and translator The Urban Dictionary.
Thank the Lord for the Internet! I hated carrying that tattered pocket dictionary around and having to continuously sing the alphabet to myself just to get to the right page to locate a word. Not to mention it was very uncomfortable especially when sitting down. Fast forward to the future. Now, I have arsenal at my fingertips, whether I be in front of a computer or having to whip out my high-tech cell phone for the times I’m not.
“Sir, besides that I'm known to be an uxorious husband”
“Stop! What did you say?”
For that word I used one of the big guns, Merriam-Webster Online. With one extra click at this website you can hear the audio pronunciation of the word. Well … Can you pronounce uxorious?
“… He’s been hospitalized due to the scratchident.”
"Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that. Was he a winner?"
Sometimes you come across a really, really rare word. Let’s take for example the word “scratchident”. There was no dictionary on line giving meaning to this word. Even my spell-checker is saying “WTF?”
All that was left for me to do was hope for results as I pulled all the stops and Googled it.
Showing only one link in the results … Google saved the day! … Check it out!

16 comments:

Robyn said...

Isn't Urban Dic. the greatest thing ever! I love it too!
Cheers,
Robyn

Heather said...

I'm lost. No surprise. If it was minor, why was he hospitalized?

Midleah said...

I submitted 'Wonder Butt' to Urban Dictionary...tee hee!

Midleah said...

Oh, and your post here is now the SECOND link result for scratchident...and it's on the top!

Practically Joe said...

robyn: Isn't Urban Dic. the greatest thing ever! I love it too!
Me: That's the way we roll, baby!

Heather: I'm lost. No surprise. If it was minor, why was he hospitalized?
Me: Off the meds again, huh?

midleah: I submitted 'Wonder Butt' to Urban Dictionary...tee hee!
Me: See, those kids are making you famous!
midleah: Oh, and your post here is now the SECOND link result for scratchident...and it's on the top!
Me: Crap! I wanted to have the only link! I guess I out-did myself.

MJ said...

Isn't it nice to be first at SOMEthing?

Robyn said...

Thanks for stopping by! Good to see you!
Hugs,
Robyn

Jay said...

Ah, I love it when I'm the only result that comes up on Google! Actually I love it when I'm even on the first page! LOL!

Hey, Joe - pop over to my place sometime. You've been Practically Tagged!

Bogart in P Towne said...

Dude...you are googled.

Practically Joe said...

MJ: Isn't it nice to be first at SOMEthing?
Me: Or at least not last?

Robyn: Thanks for stopping by! Good to see you! Hugs, Robyn
Me: Oooo! Robyn! If I knew there'd be hugs I would have been by a long time ago. Thanks.

Jay: Hey, Joe - pop over to my place sometime. You've been Practically Tagged!
Me: Oh-oh ... I feel a meme coming into my life.

bogart: Dude...you are googled.
Me: Dude! How cool is that!

nursemyra said...

well done number one

Dorky Dad said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only one who sings the alphabet to figure out the letter order ...

Malicious Intent said...

I clicked on your linke for scratchident and it asked me "Did you mean: scratchanddent." I don't know, did I? Then I saw various links to your site. So are you a "scratchident" or is it a condition? Are you a condition named scratchident? Is that more like a skin condition??

Damn, I am so confused now.

Practically Joe said...

nursemyra: well done number one
Me: Thanks for not calling me #2.

Dorky Dad: I'm so glad I'm not the only one who sings the alphabet to figure out the letter order.
Me: So much more fun that way.

Malicious: So are you a "scratchident" or is it a condition? Are you a condition named scratchident? Is that more like a skin condition??
Damn, I am so confused now.

Me: "scratchident" ... noun: an accident caused by someone who is scratching a lottery ticket while operating a motor vehicle.
I hope that helped.

catscratch said...

Yo yo yo... When I done googled dat word, yo ass popped up close to tops.

Practically Joe said...

Catscratch: Yo yo yo... When I done googled dat word, yo ass popped up close to tops.
Me: I'm feelin' ya baby. (Literally not figuratively of course)