Teens of the '90s and early '00s, brace yourselves. Urban Dictionary is over 20 years old. If you think we're drama queens, we're not. We're the OG contributers that helped shape the iconic first-of-its-kind content model that rocked our world and our dial-up connection.

If you never got around to referencing anything Idaho-related on UD, you're in for a treat!

Between the wildly inappropriate definitions and the ones that will make you question everything you thought you knew about people from the Gem State, we can't decide what we love the most. But enough about us!

Scroll on for Idaho's funniest, most WTF definitions in Urban Dictionary 😆 

26 Funniest Idaho Mentions in Urban Dictionary

COLLEGE SLANG
It was 1999 when Aaron Peckham, a then-freshman at Cal Tech, launched Urban Dictionary to index student slang spoken on college campuses across the country.

Despite its comedic origins, Peckham's parody forum quickly evolved into a series of unconstrained mini conversations that checked stuffy academic writing at the door; 26 of which are featured in the gallery.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

 


UD IN THE HEADLINES

As the years went by, Urban Dictionary evolved into something more than a warehouse for crude definitions of trendy slang. People and credible institutions started using the site as a reference point to understand the latest cultural trends and memes.
In 2003, the site made international headlines when a judge of the High Court of Justice in the U.K. referenced UD in a legal dispute involving two rappers and lyrical slang. Six years later, UD had amassed nearly 4 million entries and had been receiving approximately 2,000 submissions a day.
 
UD VS. WIKI
When asked to clarify the differences between UD and Wikipedia by the New York Times in 2009, Peckham noted "every single word on [Urban Dictionary] is written by someone with a point of view, with a personal experience of the word in the entry." Neutrality has nothing to do with it.

Despite losing some of its cultural relevance in the wake of social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and facebook, UD left an indelible mark on the modern English language and youth culture.

"Are We Dating the Same Guy?" + 27 Other Interesting Idaho Facebook Groups

Connection & Controversy
Six years after it rocked the world with friend requests and profile pics, Facebook launched what's become one of its most revolutionary and iconic features: Facebook groups. But what inspired the idea of exclusive or interest-based subgroups?

Zuckerberg's Groupies
In his 2017 manifesto, Zuckerberg expanded on Facebook's goal to "develop the social infrastructure to give people the power to build a global community that works for all of us."

He wanted Facebook users to have the autonomy to create communities that were civically-engaged, supportive, and inclusive. It was also a means to shift from friend-centric interactions to user experiences with an axiom of authentic communication in group discussions.

While we can't speak to how supportive or deep Facebook groups are or aren't, Zuckerberg's success with the initiative speaks for itself.

According to SellCoursesOnline, between 2016 and 2020, a Facebook report found that "the number of active members in Facebook Groups almost doubled from 1 billion to 1.8 billion users." As of 2022, that accounts for approximately 60% percent of the platform's 2.93 billion users.

Facebook Group Facts
  • In 2017, 100 million users said they belonged to groups they found "very meaningful." By 2019, that number had grown to 400 million.
  • 50 percent of Facebook users belong to at least five groups.
  • Driven by trends, branding, and offline communities and businesses with a need for an online presence, there are tens of millions of Facebook groups today.
  • Nearly 100 percent of users say Facebook groups foster a sense of belonging and a place to talk about important issues.

Idaho Facebook Groups
In 2023, Facebook groups remain the MVP of online communities around the world. And Idaho is no exception!

Listed below are 28 Idaho Facebook groups we find particularly interesting, quirky, or useful.

How many of them do you belong to you? We have a feeling that number will grow a bit after a scroll through our gallery!

Click the pic to join the Facebook group!

Gallery Credit: Ryan Valenzuela

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