The Word of the Year — Yeah, Baby, Yeah!

<nerdiness>Did you guys hear this yet?  Merriam-Webster has named their annual “Word of the Year,” and this year’s winner is. . .

 [drumroll please. . . ]

 w00t!

Note to n00bs, purists spell that with two zeroes in the middle, not two “o’s.”  And I found the Merriam-Webster definition somewhat amusing too: “expressing joy (it could be after a triumph, or for no reason at all); similar in use to the word ‘yay.’”  After a triumph. . . . or for no reason at all — so very, very true!

For you non-geeks out there, the term actually originated in the gamer world, where it started out as an acronym for “we owned the other team.”  It’s one of many terms in the “1337” or “leet” Internet/geek language, which is a language I have long found absolutely fascinating because I’m a linguistics dork.  You can read more about “1337/leet” at Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leet.

For some reason, this announcement about w00t made me extremely happy this morning.  Oddly enough, last week’s news that the term shagadelic has finally made it into the OED kind of made me want to weep.  But that’s got more to do with a bachelorette party I once went to (mine, as a matter of fact) that involved a male stripper who was dressed as Austin Powers — quite possibly the least sexy thing I’ve ever seen in my life — and not as much to do with the goofy movies themselves.  I confess that seeing an Austin-Powers-lookalike completely buck nekked sort of scarred me for life.  I still have nightmares about that.  It’s the buck teeth, I think.  Um, as well as, you know, like, EVERYTHING ELSE ABOUT THAT ENTIRE SCENARIO.

Anyway, hooray for geeks!  This year w00t, next year, lolcat!

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