Rockford takes a beating on Urban Dictionary.

Urban Dictionary is well known to many. Whenever there is a new slang word, it's easy to find it's meaning on Urban Dictionary.

The corner of State and Main streets in Rockford.
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I decided to put 'Rockford' in the search engine to see what would happen. I hate to say, Rockford took a beating.

Here's what Urban Dictionary had to say about what 'Rockford' means:

"Craptastic city in northern Illinois. Only slightly less godawful than Freeport (only because of its size). Rockford is home to a million boarded up Victorian mansions doomed to rot..."

"Imagine if you will, a hick community that sports three Walmarts, where the most unfortunate aspects of society are on full display, fused with a dying manufacturing city analogous to Detroit. It has the same crime and poverty problems of inner city Chicago but none of its culture or other benefits. The school system very well prepares students for a productive life of janitorial service, or perhaps entrance into the fast food industry, which is the main source of income in Rockford, other then drug dealing and prostitution. On that note, It may be speculated that there is crack in the city water supply. For entertainment, the city has seventh street which has its selection of unregulated hookers of all shapes, sizes, and std's. Although the only other from of entertainment is watching the buildings decay as you waste your life away in a drunken bliss, because in this town, alcohol is your only friend. As for love's park, a suburb of Rockford, there is no love there, just pain and suffering."

"Blue-collar town ninety minutes NW of Chicago that lost its global relevance ten years ago. Home to a mediocre liberal arts college and one aerospace engineering firm which will be in Connecticut in five years. Everything closes at ten, and the "happening" section of town involves a truck stop and the Perkins restaurant. What a scream."

"A cruddy town in Illinois. I go to the public school system here and the kids treat you like crap, rude people. Some are nice. The buildings suck and i cannot wait to move out of this trap. Yes we have a high crime rate. Drug deals have gone on by my house and I'm disappointed, not as scared as others that our crime is bad because personally I'm used to it..."

"The act of pissing in one's hair. Usually performed in a state of high anger, stress, or intoxication. Originated from urinating on someone, but taking it to a whole new level."


Is this really how people see our town?

This isn't how I would define Rockford at all! Mine would go something like this:

"Rockford, a town about 90 minutes North West of Chicago, boasting an incredible art scene, historic homes and the home of rock'n'rollers Cheap Trick. Home to some of the most beautiful places in Illinois including Anderson Japanese Gardens and the Nicholas Conservatory. A town where hockey greats make their names known playing for the Rockford IceHogs..."

I could go on and on about all the fantastic things Rockford has to offer.

What would your definition of Rockford be? Let me know in the comment section below.

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