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“w00t” Named Word of the Year

In Are you kidding me?, College, Facebook, Humor, Internet, news, pop culture, Technology on December 12, 2007 at 3:16 pm


Are you kidding me? Word of the Year?

Just what is “w00t?” (the ’00’ are zeros)

According to Reuters:

“w00t,” an expression of joy coined by online gamers, was crowned word of the year on Tuesday by the publisher of a leading U.S. dictionary.

Massachusetts-based Merriam-Webster Inc. said “w00t” — typically spelled with two zeros — reflects a new direction in the American language led by a generation raised on video games and cell phone text-messaging.

It’s like saying “yay,” the dictionary said.

“It could be after a triumph or for no reason at all,” Merriam-Webster said.

By the way, the runner-up was “facebook.”

According to wikipedia:

W00t is a hybrid of letters and numbers, used by gamers as an expression of happiness, joy, and excitement. The origin of the term is widely disputed. Some claim that word originated in competitive online gaming as an acronym for “we own other team.” Others trace the current-day use of the word w00t to hackers in the early to mid 80’s who used it as a term of celebration for gaining root access in Unix systems. Still others attribute the term to players of Dungeons and Dragons, being short for “Wow, loot!”. Regardless of the true origin, the term has since adopted a more general meaning. This word was Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2007.[1]

According to John Morse, the President of Merriam-Webster, “w00t” was an ideal choice for the Word of the Year because it blends whimsy and new technology.

Huh???? Before today, I had never heard of the word.

Umm…Hey Mr. Morse, for some reason I don’t see this as becoming a widespread word, seeing that the majority of people in the world aren’t techno game junkies who live with their mothers. 😦 Additionally, I think you should have asked the general public to describe “w00t” or “facebook” and see which is more recognized.

Would you consider WTF???

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  1. w00t, it a word of joy..like “YAY!!” with more…spunk!
    its mainly used 4 comp. like mEEP! …is AH! and w00t! is yay …
    :3 -and that is a cat face!-

    -♥ kisa kisa

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