Wednesday, December 12, 2007


Merriam-Webster has announced their word of the year for 2007! The winning word is w00t! Some of you may have no idea what the word w00t means or when it might be used. If you've spent much time in irc (internet relay chat) or with online gaming, you've probably seen the word and maybe even used it.
The Merriam-Webster website says of w00t, "This year's winning word first became popular in competitive online gaming forums as part of what is known as l33t ("leet," or "elite") speak—an esoteric computer hacker language in which numbers and symbols are put together to look like letters. Although the double "o" in the word is usually represented by double zeroes, the exclamation is also known to be an acronym for "we owned the other team"—again stemming from the gaming community." It also goes on to list other words in the top ten words of 2007 as voted on by visitors to their website.

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