Word of the Year 2007 goes to w00t – Joy, triumph


w00t has been declared ‘Word of the year 2007’ by Merriam Webster. w00t means expressing joy (it could be after a triumph, or for no reason at all). similar in use to the word “yay”. For example: w00t I won the game!

Gaming community must be cheering at this selection as w00t finds its origins from gaming forums. It comes from 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.

Similarly w00t word have two “O’s” which are represented by “Number zero 0”. This entails the meaning of acronym as “we owned the other team”, which resembles to triumph in a game. People in thousands took part in this search for Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2007. Most of them chose a small word that packs a pretty big punch.

While this word is coming to limelight now, Wikipedia may just kill this word from their index. As reported by Amit, some Wikipedia members have proposed to delete the W00t page from Wikipedia database on December 12.

Even Wikipedia page for W00t is disputed regarding origins of this word and adds… Some claim that word originated in competitive online gaming as an acronym for “we own other team”. Others trace the current usage of the word “w00t” to hackers in the early to mid-’80s who used it as a term of celebration for gaining root access in Unix systems; see leet.

w00t surely is an interesting word, which can be very easy to vocal chords while shouting in the spirit of victory, what say?


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