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In another example of the above 40 sect trying to stay hip with the teens and 20-somethings, a PR company has compiled a list of the new lingo us crazy kids are using today. Called the 2008 Cultural Dictionary, it was purportedly compiled by the company Cramer-Krasselt, which raked through hundreds of blogs and Web sites to find these words.

Now, having read through the list, I recognized maybe 10 of these words, which means one of two things.

1. At 26, I'm officially old and no longer hip. Or...

2. Cramer-Krasselt was so desperate to sound hip and with it, that they just randomly pulled words some 13-year-old used once in a blog.

Now, don't get me wrong. Some of these words are porntastic (see below). I just find it funny when corporate America tries to sound young by bogarting slang kids came up with.

But still, the list does show how creative and funny kids out there in cyberland can be. Some of my favorites from the list are:

Bromance: a strong heterosexual relationship between two males.

Dotcomrade: friend or acquaintance that you met online but have never met in person.

Drunkorexic: a person who starves themselves all day to offset the calories in the alcohol they consume.

Generica: features of the American landscape that are exactly the same no matter where you go, such as strip malls and fast food places.

Googleganger: similar to that of a doppelganger, it's another person with the same name as you whose records and/or stories are mixed in with your own when you Google yourself.

Greenlashing: skeptism and backlash against decpetive and false environmental marketing.

Hobosexual: a man who cares little about his appearance, the opposite of a metrosexual.

Infosnacking: wasting time at work by surfing the Web.

Mouse potato: the on-line generation's answer to the couch potato

Porntastic: something great, but slightly edgy and racy

Retox: drinking the morning after a night out in order to hold off the effects of a hangover.

Stink-eye: euphemism for an annoyed facial expression where the face resembles one of a reaction to a bad odor (used recently in the film "Juno")

w00t: an expression of joy and excitement.

To read the entire list, click here.