[quoteb6e2f95d8c="http//arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20071211-the-wisdom-of-crowds-w00t-voted-word-of-the-year.html"]The wisdom of crowds "w00t!" voted word of the year
By Nate Anderson | Published December 11, 2007 - 1158PM CT
Had Merriam-Webster asked me (they did not), the 2007 "word of the year" might have been git, huckster, or, possibly, toadeater. (My mechanic, he likes to pad the bill.) But Merriam-Webster asked the Internet, and the Internet chose "w00t," complete with two zeros. Welcome to the wisdom of crowds.
Yes, 2007's word of the year is "w00t," an expression so likely to die off in the near future that I can just about see its pallbearers lining up down the hall. Merriam-Webster offers this definition for those not quite l33t enough to spend their lives in online chatrooms "expressing joy; similar in use to the word yay."
The word is not even included in the print version of the dictionary ("yet"), but that didn't stop voters from flooding the tubes with ballots. Perhaps they were interested only in seeing what sort of unintentional hilarity would result when the wordsmiths at Merriam-Webster tried to explain the genesis of w00t to the world at large. If so, their wishes were granted.
"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," said the company. "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."
Still, it could have been worse; the other nine contenders this year include blamestorm, sardoodledom, and Pecksniffian.
[bb6e2f95d8c]In other news, Roflcopter and lollerskates were shut out. Again.[/bb6e2f95d8c][/quoteb6e2f95d8c]
That's not a word. I'll assume you mean w00t.
roflcopter and lollerskates are 2 of my favorites (
I don't think w00t's going anywhere any time soon (according to article).
I use w00t everyday. W00T!
Wow. An English word with numbers in it? Whatever.
I must say w00t is one of my favorite words. My friends roll their eyes, but who cares? Maybe they should catch up with the times.