wOOt!!!. By Cathy Chang. Article. "w00t," an expression of joy coined by online gamers , was crowned word of the year by the publisher of a leading U.S. dictionary.
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By Cathy Chang
"w00t," an expression of joy coined by online gamers, was crowned word of the year by the publisher of a leading U.S. dictionary.
Massachusetts-based Merriam-Webster Inc. 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's like saying "yay," the dictionary said.
"It could be after a triumph or for no reason at all," Merriam-Webster said.
Merriam-Webster President John Morse said "w00t" reflected the growing use of numeric keyboards to type words.
"People look for self-evidentnumeral-lettersubstitutions: 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.“
"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 Web site.