"w00t" - the 2007
Word of the Year for Merriam-Webster
One of the biggest U.S.
dictionary publishers, Merriam-Webster Inc., has chosen "w00t"
as the 2007 Word of the Year.
night one of the biggest U.S. dictionary publishing companies,
Merriam-Webster Inc., announced that the 2007 Word of the Year
is "w00t", starting an Internet search frenzy in proportions
never before seen related to a dictionary. Although it's the
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year, almost everyone was
wondering what the heck it meant.
The word "w00t", as defined by the
dictionary publisher, is an expression of joy, often used in the
online gaming community, particularly after defeating an
opponent, and was created after substituting the letter "o" with
the number "0". According to M-W, it reflects a new direction in
the American language led by a generation raised on video games
and cell phone text-messaging and topped all other terms in the
Springfield-based dictionary publisher's online poll for the
word that best sums up 2007. The runner-up was to "facebook"
someone, which was explained as to add someone to your list of
friends at Facebook.com. Not a surprise, considering that the
last year's winner word was "truthiness". The word "w00t" is
even taking on the merchandise market. The picture above is a
coffee cup for sale at an online store for gamers.