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    Default further decline of the wester civilization...

    Merriam-Webster's word of '07: 'w00t'

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Expect cheers among hardcore online game enthusiasts when they learn Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year. Or, more accurately, expect them to "w00t."

    "W00t," a hybrid of letters and numbers used by gamers as an exclamation of happiness or triumph, topped all other terms in the Springfield-based dictionary publisher's online poll for the word that best sums up 2007.

    Merriam-Webster's president, John Morse, said "w00t" was an ideal choice because it blends whimsy and new technology.

    "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," Morse said.

    Gamers commonly substitute numbers and symbols for the letters they resemble, Morse says, creating what they call "l33t speak" — that's "leet" when spoken, short for "elite" to the rest of the world.

    For technophobes, the word also is familiar from the 1990 movie "Pretty Woman," in which Julia Roberts startles her date's upper-crust friends with a hearty "Woot, woot, woot!" at a polo match.

    Purists of "l33t speak" often substitute a "7" for the final "t," expressing a "w007" of victory — an "in your face" of sorts — when they defeat an online gaming opponent.

    "W00t" was among 20 nominees in a list of the most-searched words in Merriam-Webster's online dictionary and most frequently submitted terms from users of its "open dictionary."

    The choice did not make Allan Metcalf, executive secretary of the American Dialect Society, say "w00t."

    "It's amusing, but it's limited to a small community and unlikely to spread and unlikely to last," said Metcalf, an English professor at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill.

    The 2006 pick, "truthiness," also has its roots in pop culture. It was popularized by Comedy Central satirical political commentator Stephen Colbert.

    Some also-rans in the 2007 list: the use of "facebook" as a verb to signify using the Web site by that name; nuanced terms such as "quixotic," "hypocrite" and "conundrum"; and "blamestorm," a meeting in which mistakes are aired, fingers are pointed and much discomfort is had by all.
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    Wonderful, they have no command of the English language so they make up there own esoteric crap, which will now be mainstream. Good find on the article.

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    Thats dumb.
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    I like "blamestorm," at least it's made up of real words. Much better than "brainstorming," an office-speak word I could never stand.
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    ..."blamestorm"...hmmm...has a nice ring to it, might be a good band name? And, coincidentally, mine IS contemplating a name change over the holidays...

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    Don't ya hate finding a typo the next morning!

    wester - western

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlesresta View Post
    Wonderful, they have no command of the English language so they make up there own esoteric crap, which will now be mainstream. Good find on the article.
    Similar to being Hooked on Ebonics...
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    Quote Originally Posted by OLO View Post
    Thats dumb.
    I agree. That's just f'n stupid.
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    It won't be long until the short-hand used for text messages starts creeping into the dictionary. Can't stand that. My kid will text me and it takes me 5 minutes to decipher the cryptic jibberish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    Similar to being Hooked on Ebonics...
    Yo dawg...i be thinkin' duh same thing fo sho when eyez read the beginning of this thread yo. But don't be haten...this ain't bout not talking that white man's language good...it be cultural and shit. holla and w00t yall!

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    since we're on stupid nerd talk, what the hell is "pwn"? As in "I pwned you."

    I assume it means owned, because it looks similar, but why use the p?

    This crap is #$%^ing retarded.
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    hatchetforce offered me a heads-up regarding this site, and I've found it to be a godsend: http://www.urbandictionary.com/

    Seriously, it belongs on every one's bookmark or toolbar list, as at times, it's simply indispensable.
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    Just in case anyone was interesed in the answer, "pwnd" does mean "owned" and was attributed to a typo that has since been propogated.

    I think anyone using "l337 speak" is a d00$h.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    Yo dawg...i be thinkin' duh same thing fo sho when eyez read the beginning of this thread yo. But don't be haten...this ain't bout not talking that white man's language good...it be cultural and shit. holla and w00t yall!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    hatchetforce offered me a heads-up regarding this site, and I've found it to be a godsend: http://www.urbandictionary.com/

    Seriously, it belongs on every one's bookmark or toolbar list, as at times, it's simply indispensable.
    Well I just learned something new today.

    From urbandicitionary.com:

    a ass shit konkey wacker: one who frequently shits from the ass while wacking his konkey with several large sticks.

    Example: my new neighbor is a ass shit konkey wacker, he loves dropping a pipinghotloaf while smackin his konkey.

    Thanks Craig. Now I'm going to use this in context at my 3:00 staff conference call.

 

 

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