Slang dictionary Florida man [flawr-i-duh man] Published March 21, 2019 What does Florida man mean? Breaking news: Florida man attempts to rob circus performers but is subdued by clowns. Florida man is a generic descriptor for a person who commits bizarre or idiotic crimes, popularly associated with—and often reported in—Florida. Related words Publix, crazy shit, goat rodeo, what the actual fuck, gen pop, gritty Where does Florida man come from? There must be something in the water. When it comes to weirdness, Florida is king, as has long been the running joke. As early as 1995 in internet Usenet groups, fans of Chuck Shepherd’s newspaper column “News of the Weird,” which started in 1988, noticed that many of his strangest tales seemed to come from Florida newspapers. In 1998, Florida journalist Eliot Kleinberg published a book, Weird Florida, that chronicled some of the oddest stories he ever had to report on. By the early 2000s, Florida was a well-established butt of the joke. In May 2012, the phrase Florida man saw a spike in Google searches after Miami police shot a man from Florida (or Florida man), Rudy Eugene, who was attempting to eat another person’s face. So, why Florida man? In journalism, it is common practice to use a generic descriptor for a criminal suspect if the specific name of the criminal is unimportant or not released by police. In Eugene’s case, he was a male resident of the state of Florida, i.e., Florida man, as he was reported around the world. Like I always say, when a news story begins "Florida man…" get a drink and settle in for some first-class reading entertainment. — David Burge (@iowahawkblog) May 29, 2012 Florida man further spread in 2013 when the Twitter account, @_FloridaMan, started tweeting bizarre police reports about the sundry crimes of Florida man. Florida Man Stabs Wife Over Hamburger | http://t.co/BujKK7lO — Florida Man (@_FloridaMan) February 2, 2013 Florida Man Busted For Performing Back Alley Butt Injections | http://t.co/fOhtG1yY — Florida Man (@_FloridaMan) February 2, 2013 In February 2013, Florida man earned his own subreddit, which compiles stranger-than-fiction crimes in Florida. Who will write a theme song for the world's newest and greatest superhero, Florida Man? https://t.co/fZQiYSdF — Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) February 18, 2013 But, why Florida? It might come down to accessibility. As the Miami New Times has noted in 2015, Florida has long ensured government records, including police reports, are public. This means that on a slow news day, it is easy for a media outlet to search through Florida police reports for an attention-getting story. Florida man, Florida man, doing the scams only Florida can. pic.twitter.com/V6mlIcpuzz — Alex de Campi (@alexdecampi) June 17, 2018 Examples of Florida man Florida man arrested after throwing burrito at girlfriend during argument: police Bradford Betz, Fox News (headline), February, 2019 Florida Man arrested for killing PS4 player, calls on Xbox players to ready for war @JackLikesCake, February, 2019 Runt of the Web SEE MORE EXAMPLES Who uses Florida man? Whenever a bizarre crime is committed, especially in Florida, people are quick to joke that it was the work of Florida man. Florida Man back on his bullsht pic.twitter.com/aGhdM2lFmi — Mustafa Ali (@mustardseedali) February 12, 2019 Sometimes when I'm bored I look up what Florida Man has been up to this week. pic.twitter.com/tK2ICW3XWQ — Sulaymān (@GoodKingSolomon) February 7, 2019 @_FloridaMan continues to chronicle the strange antics of Florida man too. UPDATE: Florida Man Says Jesus Told Him to Drive Ferrari Off Pier https://t.co/OCx6NVX5SW pic.twitter.com/usUjU4sTOI — Florida Man (@_FloridaMan) January 17, 2019 But it’s not just Twitter. News outlets just can’t seem to help themselves from telling Florida man stories, keeping his legend strong. Florida man accused of performing sexual acts on his Siberian Husky while wearing dog costume. https://t.co/4OunQaiXao pic.twitter.com/7AOo8tdeTT — FOX 10 Phoenix (@FOX10Phoenix) February 13, 2019 So, in other news, Florida Man was arrested for recording himself having sex with his dog. — Roh Pye (@Pyrothamonsta) February 13, 2019 Just Added trigger law, bystander effect, CSI effect, Streisand effect, L + ratio Note This is not meant to be a formal definition of Florida man like most terms we define on Dictionary.com, but is rather an informal word summary that hopefully touches upon the key aspects of the meaning and usage of Florida man that will help our users expand their word mastery.