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W00T Is Merriam-Webster’s Word Of The Year
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W00T Is Merriam-Webster’s Word Of The Year

Is gamerspeak part of the language? The famed dictionary publisher certainly thinks so.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The English language is something of a wonder, don’t you think?  There’s certainly never been a lack of variety in picking just the right word to express your feelings, thoughts, emotions and just about anything else your heart desire.

Let’s just say that apparently anything you could think of or say can and probably will become a word within itself…w00t.

From what I AND my spell check can see is that w00t is now officially a word within the English language, as Merriam-Webster has declared that “w00t” has become their word of the year. Online gamers can now rejoice inside the dark confines of their rooms as they have essentially scored a defining victory amongst the intellectuals. If you didn’t know “W00t,” is a hybrid of letters and numbers used by gamers as an exclamation of happiness.  A really big exclamation of happiness.

But for all the questions about why w00t over any other obvious inclusions, why not just turn to source directly?  Here’s John Morse, President of Merriam-Webster to explain the mystery and appeal of this year’s winner:

“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.”

This isn’t the first time a surprisingly unique word has made its way to a dictionary near you, as last year’s winner of the prestigious award was that timeless classic, “truthiness”, having been coined and popularized by Comedy Central’s own Steven Colbert…w00t, w00t!

Look at that, I’m using it already, and thanks to Merriam-Webster I’m being awfully colloquial, too!  As much fun as we’re having with this new word, there’s really no point in giving my interpretation of the verbal and logical direction of modern society, as only a pile of incoherent and misspelled hate-mail would fine its way inside my inbox.  Trust me, there’s nothing worse than having to read through some hastily thrown together word-mush of spelling errors and improper grammar.  It’s not that I’m against the evolution of the language, or even the total creation of brand-new words, as we all know quite well that understanding one another embiggens the smallest man.

For even more wordplay fun, check out your plethora of options direct at Merriam-Webster Online!

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