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crazzz2007
12-11-2007, 06:42 PM
Merriam-Webster's word of '07: 'w00t'
By STEPHANIE REITZ, Associated Press Writer
Tue Dec 11, 5:55 PM ET

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.

betao
12-11-2007, 07:44 PM
i thought this was going to be about some kind of significance related to delta.

PassiveTheory
12-11-2007, 08:00 PM
Wow... amazing. LOL

bmack86
12-11-2007, 08:12 PM
wait, W00t is a word, but Quixotic is not? Or am I reading this wrong?

miscorrections
12-11-2007, 08:13 PM
Quixotic is a word, but it's not the word of the year. Because, you know, it's something that might actually improve everyone's vocabulary instead of furthering solidarity between pale and lardy WoWers.

Somewhat Damaged
12-11-2007, 08:19 PM
Oh, man, captncrzy's gonna be pissed when she hears about this.

wmgaretjax
12-11-2007, 08:22 PM
wait, W00t is a word, but Quixotic is not? Or am I reading this wrong?

quixotic is such a badass word.

algunz
12-11-2007, 08:44 PM
I like flummox. It's my favorite word - such a great combination of letters and an always appropriate meaning. And superfluous is not far behind.

woootcoachellababy!
12-11-2007, 08:49 PM
w000t!!!!! next on the list; w000t

Ill_Eagle
12-11-2007, 09:11 PM
Fucking ridiculous....it shouldve been OWNED

Deviate_420
12-11-2007, 09:20 PM
Fucking ridiculous....it shouldve been OWNED

Correction *Pwned

roberto73
12-11-2007, 09:29 PM
Suprefan must be feeling an incredible sense of validation right about now. Behold:


8,000

woot


Different strokes for different folks. you know they cant please everyone. anyway..............

Yeah Gym Class!!! Bape hoodie fest in the Mojave in 2008!! woot


Lurking since 2003, started posting since 2005. 03, 04, 05, 06, 07 woot


This is why I just bought a extenal hard drive. Woot....


Well Gianni Rossis store has them, he just sells em one at a time. And yeah, I find it strange for them to be on a major site to be bought. They will last a while too, you would think they would be gone by now. And yeah I got a black one, woot.


Or that one too. I went to that show for FREE, just for Volta. Other than that, my fave is still seeing them in San Diego in 2005, 3 hour and 15 minute set, woot.


So, who is in.

Orch Row G for $75!!! Woot


I'll check that out when I get home. Should be fun arguing with the ''Goosers'' (yeah new coined term, woot)


Woot, I bet you it will sell out too.


Yeah dude, pre sale woot. Well hey, its ok if you are going to splurge for all your accomadations. I wouldve stayed at the Hard Rock or The Wynn if given the choice and if I had $$.

miscorrections
12-11-2007, 09:31 PM
Oh Roberto, you slay me. (I am not being facetious, either.)

algunz
12-11-2007, 09:33 PM
Supre needs to rent himself out as a party "wooter." 'Cuz you know it's not a party until you hear a couple of woot woots.

algunz
12-11-2007, 09:34 PM
Oh Roberto, you slay me. (I am not being facetious, either.)

But, you are. Right? Or do you really want him to kill you?

roberto73
12-11-2007, 09:35 PM
Oh Roberto, you slay me. (I am not being facetious, either.)

If someone makes a poll for the board member most likely to bottle up his frustration for months at a time and then unleash it in a sudden burst of passive-aggressiveness, I would surely win.

And if not, I would wait a couple months and then make rude comments about it.

miscorrections
12-11-2007, 09:36 PM
Given the season, I could also say you sleigh me. GOD BLESS CHRISTMAS!

Ill_Eagle
12-11-2007, 09:39 PM
hahah well played roberto

algunz
12-11-2007, 09:40 PM
Does that mean you want him to run over you on the way to Grandma's house?

miscorrections
12-11-2007, 09:41 PM
All it means is that I fucking like homophones, ok?

And both my grandmas are dead.

roberto73
12-11-2007, 09:46 PM
Given the season, I could also say you sleigh me. GOD BLESS CHRISTMAS!

I can't top that, so I will retreat quietly from the thread.

algunz
12-11-2007, 09:48 PM
Agreed, homophones can be loads of fun - although I find more enjoyment in figurative language.

Just playing along - holiday cheers to y'all.

Alchemy
12-11-2007, 09:50 PM
I am really digging "blamestorm" so much.

algunz
12-11-2007, 09:57 PM
Yeah, I've had to endure many a blamestorm.

Shit, I love words. Sorry - I could go on and on. They've just been the source of so much joy in my life. And pain - but let's just focus on the good.

thelastgreatman
12-12-2007, 02:21 AM
Lolcat was the word of my year. As a noun, adjective, verb and adverb. Sometimes even a preposition if I was feeling frisky.

amyzzz
12-12-2007, 08:12 AM
Welcome to 1997. Geez.

ThomThom
12-12-2007, 08:40 AM
Roberto,

We are looking for a Project Analyst at the company I work for, all I would have to do is submit the research you did on Supre's favorite "word" to the hiring manager and the job is yours. That was fucking fantastic.

TomAz
12-12-2007, 09:15 AM
I've mentioned this in the past, but while we're on the subject, I'll mention it again

at dictionary.com you can sign up to get a "word of the day" emailed to you every day. with definitions and examples of use. so far this week, the words have been "rapprochement", "perspicacity", "artifice", and today, "dishabille".

kreutz2112
12-12-2007, 09:27 AM
I have been signed up for the word of the day since I took the GRE...I rarely use the words in sentences though.

amyzzz
12-12-2007, 09:45 AM
My high school English teacher adored "perspicacity/perspicacious."

SFChrissy
12-12-2007, 10:29 AM
I have been signed up for the word of the day since I took the GRE...I rarely use the words in sentences though.

me too.

Somewhat Damaged
12-12-2007, 10:33 AM
My high school English teacher adored "perspicacity/perspicacious."

I'm surprised Randy hasn't quoted Lisa Simpson already: "I'm losing my perspicacity!" (To which Homer replies, "It's always in the place you least expect it.")

TomAz
12-12-2007, 10:35 AM
I'm surprised Randy hasn't quoted Lisa Simpson already: "I'm losing my perspicacity!" (To which Homer replies, "It's always in the place you least expect it.")

no. Homer says "it's always the last place you look"

Somewhat Damaged
12-12-2007, 11:06 AM
D'oh!

brando4n82
12-12-2007, 11:10 AM
i cant decide what is worse. this, or the time they added a simpsonism to their dictionary

Somewhat Damaged
12-12-2007, 01:30 PM
This.

roberto73
12-12-2007, 08:33 PM
This was posted today.


I will, 7th row, woohoo!!!

Please note the creative phonetic evolution from "woot" to "woohoo." Soon he'll be using rudimentary tools and walking on two legs.