According to The New York Times,
”W00t,” a hybrid of letters and numbers used by gamers as an exclamation of happiness or triumph, topped all other terms in the Springfield-based dictionary publisher’s online poll for the word that best sums up 2007.
Merriam-Webster’s president, John Morse, said ”w00t” was an ideal choice because it blends whimsy and new technology.
”It shows a really interesting thing that’s going on in language. It’s a term that’s arrived only because we’re now communicating electronically with each other,” Morse said.
Gamers commonly substitute numbers and symbols for the letters they resemble, Morse says, creating what they call ”l33t speak” — that’s ”leet” when spoken, short for ”elite” to the rest of the world.
Hmm… I bet it won’t be deleted now. Then again, the whims of Wikipedia’s editors aren’t subject to anything beyond their whims. I also wonder what impact this might have on people searching for “woot” and “Woot.com,” since it’s now the #1 search result.
Each day, Woot.com has a new featured item for sale. One new thing per day. If you don’t buy it now, better luck next time.
I visit Woot.com each morning just because of their excellent copywriting — you can get great words and great deals. Today, they’re selling a touchscreen GPS. Maybe the folks from Wikipedia should get one; it could help steer them on a better path.