A modern dictionary about us.
We define our words, but they don't define us.


Front Matter

We use Front Matter for a range of things. Of course, we provide basic information through it. But also more advanced stuff (technical term) such as sub terms for items in the table of content or further reading links for the definition.

This page will tell you all you need to know.

Note: We also maintain a list of annotated, complete example definitions, which you can grab and go. They are listed on the Examples documentation page.


Key Type required
title String true

The complete title of a definition.


title: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)


Key Type required
slug String true

A link-friendly version of the title.


slug: obsessive-compulsive-disorder


Key Type required
defined Boolean true

Whether or not the definition of this word is finished and should be displayed publicly.


defined: true


Key Type required
excerpt String true

An abbreviated version of the definition that will appear in social media previews. In the social preview, the excerpt will be prefaced with the flag level.


excerpt: This is the short version of the definition that will appear in social previews.


Key Type required
speech String true

The type of word. E.g. a noun or an adjective

Note: If it is an adjective please use the abbreviation “adj”.


speech: noun

Skip in Table of Content

Key Type required
skip_in_table_of_content Boolean false

If set to true, the word will not be shown in the table of content. This is helpful for words such as «fatphobia» that are linked as sub terms of «Fat» and «-phobia». Can be omitted, if not true.


skip_in_table_of_content: false


Key Type required
flag Object false

A word is an ableist slur? Or a better alternative for another word? That’s what flags are for. Flags are a bit more involved. Let’s take a deeper look at them.

Flags can consist of these properties:

Let’s take a look at some examples.


Items that have a flag level of avoid will be marked in the table of content. We could structure it as follows:

  level: avoid
  text: 'Racist Symbol'

A level of tool designates words that are used, as an example, to facilitate white supremacy. These words are not flagged in the table of content. Let’s take a look:

  level: tool
  text: 'White Supremacy Tool'

And finally we have the words that are more suitable then others.

  level: 'better-alternative'
  for: 'minorities'

Note: For is currently not used but might be implemented in a future version.

Further Reading

Key Type required
reading List false

Provides a list of helpful links to further information about the discussed word. These links must be objects with the keys text and href.


  - text: Minority vs minoritze

Alternative Words

Key Type required
alt_words List false

Adds a list of words that might be used instead of the described one. If a word in the list is defined it will automatically be linked.


  - conscientious
  - exact
  - fastidious
  - fussy
  - meticulous
  - nitpicky
  - particular
  - precise
  - quirky
  - thorough

Sub Terms

Key Type required
sub_terms List false

Provides a list of helpful links to further information about the discussed word. These links must be objects with the keys text and full_title. If a full_title is found in the list of the defined words, the item is automatically linked to this word.

In the following example the words «Fatphobia» or «Fat Shaming» will be linked if these are the title of another definition. For these words Skip in Table of Content might be set to true.


  - text: -phobia
    full_title: Fatphobia
  - text: Shaming
    full_title: Fat Shaming
  - text: Activism
    full_title: Fat Activism
  - text: Liberation
    full_title: Fat Liberation