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Merriam-Webster names "w00t" word of the year
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Dec 14, 2007, 01:05 PM
 
"w00t" crowned word of year by U.S. dictionary - Yahoo! Canada News

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.

Visitors to Merriam-Webster's Web site were invited to vote for one of 20 words and phrases culled from the most frequently looked-up words on the site and submitted by readers.

Runner-up was "facebook" as a new verb meaning to add someone to a list of friends on the Web site Facebook.com or to search for people on the social networking site.


I find this amusing, but also at the same time mildly concerning. It's fine for casual writing, but I hope that internet shorthand for other words doesn't make it into formal writing any time soon.
     
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Dec 14, 2007, 01:07 PM
 
I'm disturbed they decided on a word with numbers in it. This is unprecedented, isn't it?
     
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Dec 14, 2007, 01:13 PM
 
My Prediction:
By the Year 2015, "yay" will be entirely replaced by "w00t".
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Dec 14, 2007, 01:40 PM
 
Wait a minute, is the word "yay" a word?!

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"The word you've entered isn't in the dictionary. Click on a spelling suggestion below or try again using the search bar above."
     
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Dec 14, 2007, 01:46 PM
 
Not anymore. It was replaced by "w00t" ahead of schedule.

"Yay" no longer exists.
     
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Dec 14, 2007, 02:35 PM
 
Originally Posted by Sherman Homan View Post
Wait a minute, is the word "yay" a word?!
Depends on the dictionary, but most group it under as an alternate spelling for "yeah" and "yea."
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you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods,
you will understand why I dismiss yours." - Stephen F. Roberts
     
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Dec 14, 2007, 02:46 PM
 
Right, but the article quotes a Merriam Webster spokesman using the work "yay" and "yay" isn't a word in Merriam-Webster's own dictionary!
Just thought it was funny.
     
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Dec 14, 2007, 02:56 PM
 
Seems kind of lame to me, but then I've been accused of being an old fart on more then one occasion.
     
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Dec 14, 2007, 07:09 PM
 
woOt!
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Originally Posted by irunat2am View Post
woOt!
o_O
     
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Dec 14, 2007, 09:12 PM
 
Woot!

Who the hell spells it with zeroes anyway?

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Dec 14, 2007, 11:41 PM
 
Originally Posted by irunat2am View Post
wo_Ot!
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Dec 15, 2007, 12:17 PM
 
Originally Posted by - - e r i k - - View Post
Who the hell spells it with zeroes anyway?
The annoying iPhone hacker lady is the only one I can think of.
     
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Dec 15, 2007, 01:30 PM
 
1. w00t
2. facebook
3. conundrum
4. quixotic
6. blamestorm
6. sardoodledom
7. apathetic
8. Pecksniffian
9. hypocrite
10. charlatan

Pecksniffian made me laugh.

And when is "pwned' going to crack the top ten?
     
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Dec 15, 2007, 05:06 PM
 
Lamest
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It's just slang. It will come and go like most other slang.

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Originally Posted by Sourbook View Post
1. w00t
2. facebook
3. conundrum
4. quixotic
6. blamestorm
6. sardoodledom
7. apathetic
8. Pecksniffian
9. hypocrite
10. charlatan

Pecksniffian made me laugh.

And when is "pwned' going to crack the top ten?
hoepfly nxt yr1!1
     
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Dec 15, 2007, 06:05 PM
 
How many of you actually use the word "pwned" in actual conversations?
I admit to having used it three or four times. Or maybe 10.
     
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Dec 15, 2007, 06:17 PM
 
I do! Mainly when I'm with my nerdy friends though.
     
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Originally Posted by Jawbone54 View Post
How many of you actually use the word "pwned" in actual conversations?
Probably just as many people as those who use w00t.
You just got pwnd1!ONE1
     
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Dec 15, 2007, 07:00 PM
 
i've heard "w00t" used here at school more then "pwned" actually
     
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Dec 16, 2007, 04:25 AM
 
Originally Posted by - - e r i k - - View Post
Woot!

Who the hell spells it with zeroes anyway?
L33t p30pl3.

Originally Posted by Jawbone54 View Post
How many of you actually use the word "pwned" in actual conversations?
I admit to having used it three or four times. Or maybe 10.
I do, regularly, and nobody cares...
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Originally Posted by Sherman Homan View Post
Wait a minute, is the word "yay" a word?!
Yes.

yay 1. exclamation informal

expressing triumph, approval, or encouragement: Yay! Great, Julie!

ORIGIN 1960s: perhaps an alteration of yeah .
     
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Originally Posted by Jawbone54 View Post
How many of you actually use the word "pwned" in actual conversations?
I admit to having used it three or four times. Or maybe 10.
How do you pronounce it?
     
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Dec 16, 2007, 09:35 AM
 
Owned!

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"Powned."
     
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Originally Posted by Tiresias View Post
How do you pronounce it?
Exactly as it’s written: pwned [pwn̩d]
     
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Dec 16, 2007, 03:12 PM
 
That guy got pwnd like a level 4 n00b1!1ONE!
     
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Dec 17, 2007, 09:50 AM
 
Good for w00t!

w00t! is teh schizzz
     
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Dec 17, 2007, 10:55 AM
 
Originally Posted by Eug View Post
I find this amusing, but also at the same time mildly concerning. It's fine for casual writing, but I hope that internet shorthand for other words doesn't make it into formal writing any time soon.
Indeed. With the way things are going, if dictionaries start to accept shorthand and leetspeek spelling, in 30 years, I'll be buying [email protected]'s 7x7bk of 1nt. m3d, 25th 3d. (Harrison's Textbook of Internal Medicine, 25th edition).

     
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Someone is rolling in their grave now. Not sure who.
     
   
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