Code Red Lame: Merriam-Webster’s Word of ’07: ‘W00t’


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…

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Merriam-Webster’s president, John Morse, said “w00t” was an ideal choice because it blends whimsy and new technology.( iAsk, Why? Because this Morse code blends idiocy with out-of-touchiness)”

“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.

(iSay, no we’re not, America’s writers are on strike and so of course we get a number-word. Next year it will just be numbers, then windowings, then gestures, grunts, blinks, until we either force telepathy on the human race, or more likely people stop speaking American English altogether. >>>More

2 Responses to Code Red Lame: Merriam-Webster’s Word of ’07: ‘W00t’

  1. Natalie says:

    W00t is the dumbest word ever. It was created by a bunch of people who play Halo all day long. If we are coming to a point where mmo players dictate our vocabulary we are in serious trouble.

  2. 2.0 Weblogs says:

    True date Natalie,

    iHave an alternate spelling on what should have been MW’s Word of the year,” ASSenine.”

    It’s true, this is a sad state of affairs, i can only imagine how popular it would be right now if America’s writers weren’t on strike, Merriam Websters credibility to boot, or b00t.

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