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W00t! The English Language Succumbs to Technology

Posted By Christine Borden On Dec 13, 2007 @ 1:58 pm In News | Comments Disabled

Merriam-Webster seems behind the times in proclaiming 2007 as the year of “w00t.” An online poll on the dictionary’s Web site determined the word, and the Clog thinks some 1337 haxor pulled something on dear Merriam-Webster.

Besides, wasn’t “w00t” so high school? You’d think that being bloggers we’d be up on the nexus of technology and language … but we think we’ve gone beyond the phase of 1337 speak.

Merriam Webster’s president, John Morse explains the trend behind the word of ’07:

bq. It’s a term that’s arrived only because we’re now communicating electronically with each other.

Yes, that makes sense. Pagers, cell phones, computers, text messaging, instant messaging, e-mail and blogs didn’t really peak until 2007. Man, to think that only a year ago we were still using carrier pigeons. What a n00b. Or is it “nub” now?

Image Source: Felipe Micaroni Lalli under Creative Commons
Merriam-Webster’s Word of ’07: ‘W00t’ [AP via SF Chronicle]


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