I'm sure some people would say there wasn't that much to cheer about in 2007, but Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year goes against the grain -- the word in question is "w00t." (Yes, those are zeroes, in case you were wondering.)
According to the dictionary publisher, the word, which emerged from gamer culture, is defined as: "expressing joy (it could be after a triumph, or for no reason at all); similar in use to the word 'yay'." It's also supposedly derived from the phrase, "We owned the other team."
It beat out puzzling entrants "sardoodledom," "Pecksniffian," and even "Facebook," which has joined company with Google
Merriam-Webster explained that "w00t" hasn't been added to its print dictionaries, but instead is included in its online Open Dictionary. Welcome to the Wikipedia generation; "w00t" gained the 2007 honor because Internet users voted for it. (I guess online gamers took a wee break from "owning the other team" to vote.)
Obviously, game imagery is showing up on more than movie screens, as the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Resident Evil franchises have. It's also showing up in a mounting collection of Viacom's
I'm sure "w00t" makes many wordsmiths shudder. However, anybody who pays close attention to video-game-related stocks -- like Electronic Arts
Popular culture is more than starting to take notice, so shouldn't you just say, "w00t!"
For related Foolishness:
- Rick Munarriz recently commented on Vivendi hooking its Blizzard unit up with Activision.
- He also chimed in a couple of weeks ago on what he liked about Activision.
- I took a look at EA's evolving business model late last month.
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