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"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.

"w00t" - the 2007 Word of the Year for Merriam-Webster Last 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 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.

 Published on 12/12/2007

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