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Special Olympics' preferred euphemism for retard or retarded.

Alternative insults such as special or mental have become synonymous with the forbidden words. Ironically, some trace the etymology of "special" to Special Olympics. Also, some trace the etymology of "mental" to mentally retarded. The campaign to erase "retard" has only shifted the same meaning to new insults.

Special Olympics is right. The n-word has completely displaced the original word in civil society. Perhaps the r-word will completely displace its original word. Transitions from very damaging slurs to euphemisms are often necessary. However, Special Olympics is a bit naive if they think that erasing one slur will cancel out synonyms. Perhaps the campaign should also focus on the less obvious but similarly offensive alternatives.
College Student 1: Hey, did you hear about Special Olympics? They're starting a campaign to end the use of "retard" by using the "r-word".

College Student 2: Man, that's so mental.
by poorbrokegradstudent August 31, 2010

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Currently, the world's favorite Linux distribution. Ubuntu is a free distribution developed and managed by Canonical. There are many different Ubuntu packages that are customized for PC or server use, different microprocessors, RAM levels, hard drive space, and video. Ubuntu is a derivative of the Debian distribution of Linux. It uses the Debian package system (*.deb, dpkg) and repository system (apt-get, aptitude).

Ubuntu is the most viable open source competitor against Windows and Mac OSX to date. Sure, 31337 #4XX0rZ might compile a Linux kernel from scratch or custom configure their own Debian system. A Ubuntu distribution offers a one-stop installation that can be later customized according to user preferences or used as is. Almost everything can be done through the graphical interface rather than through text commands. Ubuntu can be a non-intimidating graphical GUI for casual computer users or a robust Debian-based distribution for computer nerds.
I've been programming computers for twenty years. I use Ubuntu on all of my computers because it's easy to install, easy to customize, and has great user forum support.

If you're tired of Windows viruses, crashes, and slowdowns, try Ubuntu. It has the same look and feel of Windows, but is more resistant to buggy programs.
by poorbrokegradstudent December 26, 2010

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The supposed "commoner name" of the reigning Monarch of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Commonwealth Realms.

People who call Queen Elizabeth II "Betty Windsor" are either anti-monarchy, small-r republican, apathetic, or satirists.
English monarchist: Her Royal Highness will visit this august country of Canada in a fortnight.

American: Dude, I just go to school here. I'm not Canadian. Why should I care anyway? Betty Windsor's just a person, like anyone else.

English monarchist: How dare you sully our most Serene and Exalted Monarch of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth Realms with a made-up commoner name!

American: Let's get real. She eats out of Tupperware every morning at breakfast.
by poorbrokegradstudent December 23, 2011

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Citizen's Band radio. Public radio service in the 11 meter shortwave band. In North America, the frequencies are 40 channels from 26.965 kHz to 27.405 kHz in 10 kHz steps. AM (amplitude modulation) or SSB (single sideband) modes may be used. A CBer may not use more than 5 watts on AM or 12 watts PEP on SSB, yet the power restrictions are often flouted.

The FCC (US radio regulatory agency) once required licenses for CB. The popularity of CB in the 70s resulted in much illegal operation. The FCC dropped licensing requirements in the early 1980's.

North American CB today is a wasteland of cursing, vulgarity, sexual innuendo, jamming, music broadcasting, and heavily distorted audio due to improper radio modifications. Amateur radio (ham radio) operators have a particular dislike for CBers and CB lingo. CBers sometimes transmit illegally on ham radio frequencies and are often caught by vigilante hams with radio direction finding equipment. Ex-CBers who get ham licenses are often ostracized for using CB lingo on the air. It is a grave insult to call an American ham operator a CBer.
Heard on CB radio channel 14: (shouting, incomprehensibly distorted audio) "Roger roger breaker breaker 14 hear my radidio come on come on"

Ham 1: "Did you hear that new ham on the repeater? He was using CB lingo like 'what's your 20?'"

Ham 2: "Yeah, I'll have to pull him aside at the next hamfest and talk to him about it."
by poorbrokegradstudent August 22, 2010

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Ubiquitous 1990's late night TV infomercial phenomenon. PSN was a 1 900 number psychic service that charged astronomical per minute charges. Instead of merely hiring an actor to pose as a psychic and hawk services directly to a camera (see Miss Cleo), PSN employed past their prime entertainment personalities to "host" a casual roundtable discussion that persistently extolled the proficiency of the network psychics. PSN also used phone testimonials from shills to enhance a not so subtle peer pressure to dial the phone.

PSN's infomercial model proved very successful. Like Home Shopping Network and QVC, the creation of an artificial peer group to sell almost anything attracted many people with few social outlets.
Back in 1993, Melvyn's mom racked up $10,000 in phone bills from watching Psychic Friends Network late at night. After the auto accident, she had nothing to do but lie in her full body cast and endlessly call for her horoscope.
by poorbrokegradstudent August 20, 2010

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Play on World of Warcraft, a multi-user online RPG known to cause video game addiction. Addiction symptoms include long stretches of uninterrupted game play (12+ hours a day not uncommon), neglect of nutrition and bodily hygeine, social avoidance, job loss, academic failure, financial difficulties, child abuse or neglect, and possible marital separation or divorce.

The US Drug Enforcement Administration should reclassify World of Warcraft as a Schedule I drug (highly addictive, no medicinal benefit).
*Cue Sgt. McGruff anti-drug PSA jingle*

Users are losers and losers are users, so no Warcraft, no World of Warcrack!
by poorbrokegradstudent December 08, 2010

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"Same sex attraction" (SSA) is a term used mostly by conservative Christians to avoid using the term gay when referring to men who are attracted to men or men who have sex with men (MSM). Often, SSA refers to gay men only, and not lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered persons.

Unlike many mainstream mental health practitioners and associations which do not think homosexuality is a disease or mental illness, groups which use the term SSA often believe that all persons are heterosexual and homosexual thoughts or sexual relations are deviant. What most people would consider to be a "gay person" is a "heterosexual with a homosexual problem" for many who use the term SSA.

Those who use the term SSA deny the reality that the vast majority of LGBT people can't be "cured" of their sexual orientation.
(Cheap documentary. Bob's house. Non-religious gay neighbor Frank over for a beer.)

Bob (alone to the camera): I once struggled with same sex attraction. Unlike Frank, I have a lovely white picket fence house, an adoring wife, three loving children, and new life in Jesus!

Frank (from another room, waking up Bob's computer): Dude, you have a Manhunt account? I'm mentally scarred by your stretch marks. You ain't getting booty with these shots!

Bob (running to the computer): I AM NOT GAY. I am doing research for my reparative therapy group about the evils of online addiction to the homosexual agenda!

Frank (to Bob): get me another Schlitz. We need to talk.
by poorbrokegradstudent January 27, 2012

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