Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Merrion-Webster word of the year: w00t



"w00t" (spelt with two zeroes) is an exclamation of joy or excitement used by online gamers and hardcore Internet chat enthusiasts, which the Merriam-Webster dictionary says is the word that best sums up 2007.

The word took the Word of the Year prize in Merriam-Webster's annual poll of favorite new terms such as "facebook," a verb that means to look up someone's profile on the social networking site of the same name, and "blamestorm," to hold a meeting in order to find someone responsible for a problem,

W00t originated from a language called l33tspeak, or leetspeak after "elite", used by computer programmers in which letters are replaced by numbers. W00t was originally spelled as "w007," according to the the programming language's rules that uses the number "7" for the letter " t."

"It shows a really interesting thing that's going on in language. It's a term that's arrived only because we're now communicating electronically with each other," said Merriam-Webster's president John Morse.

Thats Morse code for: w00t the fuck?

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