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Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Fri, 14th Dec '07 9:35 AM


For those interested, merriam-webster chose their word of the year. This year's was coined by on-line gamers, and is an expression of joy in triumph. I guess if I were to get a word puzzle in 5 moves, I would shout "w00t".

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

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 14th Dec '07 10:05 AM

I thought I would be interested. Turns out, I'm not.

That's the best we've done in a whole year, huh? It's true, then, the language is dying, and it ain't gonna be pretty.

For 10 bonus points, anyone remember last year's word?

Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Fri, 14th Dec '07 10:18 AM

Appropriate for me to answer...

"truthiness" (noun) a truth that comes from one's gut (instinct) not from a book.

I think it's kinda like "ruthiness"

Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Fri, 14th Dec '07 10:21 AM

I've been saying WOOT for years! My oldest daughter taught it to me when she was in high school. Dumb word, but can be kind of fun to use in certain instances.

I think my youngest daughter's word is much better - "willn't". She used to say it when she didn't know the word "won't" - it was her own abbreviation for "will not" when she was very young. My oldest daughter and I got such a big kick out of it we used it all the time.

Have a wonderful day, everybody!

Cjar855  (Level: 134.2 - Posts: 838)
Fri, 14th Dec '07 10:24 AM

Just ordered a w00t t-shirt for my grandson for christmas. He was the one who told me about this new word.I only hope he doesn't read the BBS or his XMass surprise is ruined.

Smaug  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 2765)
Fri, 14th Dec '07 12:28 PM

My favorite internet term is "DIAF"

Bonus points to who knows what it is. (It is an angry retort.)

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Fri, 14th Dec '07 12:33 PM

I looked that one up, Smaug. Ouch!

Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Fri, 14th Dec '07 12:34 PM

That's evil, Smaug!


Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Fri, 14th Dec '07 1:40 PM

Dominant Introverted Abstract Feeler?

"Like just 4% of the population you are an ARTIST (DIAF)--creative, adventurous, and deep. Although you are an introvert, your dominant ideas lead you to assert yourself often--especially through your work. You actively put your creativity to constructive use, and because you are ruled by your heart you are less likely to be inhibited by logic.

You have an intuitive understanding of emotion and know how evoke it in others, but the real world can be a prison of foolishness and embarrassment if you don't get your head out of the clouds a little more. Also, you are 87% likely to write poetry."

Aww - whoosa wee big softie then?

Smaug  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 2765)
Fri, 14th Dec '07 3:40 PM

Die In A Fire

As in: "F#$%@ You! DIAF !!"

I know, I know, it's cruel, but the extraneous "in a fire" part just cracks me up. Like "Die!" isn't enough...

PS: Advance apology to all Sploofers whose granny, cousin, dog, girlfriend, neighbor, parent, wife, husband, son, daughter, teacher, cat, boyfriend, wife, brother, accountant, lawyer, sister, etc died in a fire.

Well, not the lawyer....

Maurlin  (Level: 220.6 - Posts: 2709)
Fri, 14th Dec '07 3:46 PM


Maurlin, Esq.

Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Fri, 14th Dec '07 4:47 PM

I used to tell those I was particularly bothered by to "drink bleach".

I think that someone I knew did so...

oh well...

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Fri, 14th Dec '07 5:55 PM

Some of my favorite acronyms are tech support acronyms:

PEBCAK-Problem exists between chair and keyboard.
GGIYAH-"Go google it, you ..." (supply favorite a-word)

Or, the ever popular I.D.-ten-T error (ID10t)

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 1:39 AM

'w00t' crowned US word of the year

Posted Wed Dec 12, 2007 3:24pm AEDT
Updated Wed Dec 12, 2007 3:32pm AEDT

"w00t," an expression of joy coined by online gamers, was crowned word of the year on Tuesday by the publisher of a leading US dictionary.

Massachusetts-based Merriam-Webster said "w00t", typically spelled with two zeros, reflects a new direction in the American language led by a generation raised on video games and cell phone text-messaging.

It is like saying "yay," the dictionary said.

"It could be after a triumph or for no reason at all," Merriam-Webster said.

Visitors to Merriam-Webster's website were invited to vote for one of 20 words and phrases culled from the most frequently looked-up words on the site and submitted by readers.

Runner-up was "facebook" as a new verb meaning to add someone to a list of friends on the website or to search for people on the social networking site.

Merriam-Webster president John Morse said "w00t" reflected the growing use of numeric keyboards to type words.

"People look for self-evident numeral-letter substitutions: 0 for O; 3 for E; 7 for T; and 4 for A," he said. "This is simply a different and more efficient way of representing the alphabetical character."

One website,, already sells t-shirts with the word "w00t" printed on the front.

"w00t belongs to gamers the world over. It seems to have been derived from the obsolete 'whoot' which essentially is another way to say 'hoot' which itself is a shout or derisive laugh," Think Geek said on its website.

"But others maintain that w00t is the sound several players make while jumping like bunnies in Quake III," it added, referring to a popular video game.

l33t speak

Online gamers often replace numbers and symbols with letters to form what Merriam-Webster calls an "esoteric computer hacker language" known as "l33t speak." This translates into "leet", which is short for "elite".

A separate survey of words used in the media and on the internet by California-based Global Language Monitor produced a different set of winners on Tuesday. "Hybrid" took top honours as word of the year with "climate change" the top phrase.

Global Language Monitor, which uses an algorithm to track words and phrases in the media and on the internet, said "hybrid" had broad connotations of "all things green from biodiesel to wearing clothes made of soy to global warming".

Runner-up was "surge," based on the "surge" of 30,000 extra US troops deployed to Iraq since mid-June, followed by the word "Bluetooth," a technology used to connect electronic devices via radio waves.

"The English language is becoming more and more a globalised language every year," said Global Language Monitor president Paul Payack, noting that this year's list included words also culled from India, Singapore, China and Australia.

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