w00t is 2007 Merriam-Webster Word of the Year

Posted: December 19, 2007 in Tech

Merriam-Webster has declared the Word of the Year 2007 is w00t. Thousands participated in the search for Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2007, and the vast majority chose a small word that packs a pretty big punch.

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. 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.

w00t (interjection) – expressing joy (it could be after a triumph, or for no reason at all); similar in use to the word “yay”.

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