It’s Official: w00t is now a word.

December 12, 2007

Copywriters rejoice! Now you can use hacker slang and your agency’s proofreader will need to pass over w00t with their red pen.

According to Merriam-Webster, the new word of the year – and official addition to the English language – is w00t.

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

…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…

Another great word I noticed on MW’s top 10 words of 2007 is “blamestorm.” The definition for the #5 best word of 2007 was:

blamestorming (verb) : Gathering around in a group to discuss why a deadline was missed or a project failed and who is to blame or responsible.
All the managers were locked up in a meeting for the all day blamestorming about the lost contract.

Awesome. Some other winners from years past have been truthiness, integrity, and blog.

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