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Woot: Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year 2007

W00t received the most votes for inclusion in Merriam-Webster’s Open Dictionary. Here’s the definition:

1. w00t (interjection) expressing joy (it could be after a triumph, or for no reason at all); similar in use to the word “yay” w00t! I won the contest!

Submitted by: Kat from Massachusetts on Nov. 30, 2005 23:18

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Interesting. This word, one frequently used by my friends when IM'ing me back in high school, used to drive me crazy.

Woot originated as a hacker term for root (or administrative) access to a computer. However, with the term as coincides with the gamer term, "w00t".

"w00t" was originally an trunicated expression common among players of Dungeons and Dragons tabletop role-playing game for "Wow, loot!" Thus the term passed into the net-culture where it thrived in video game communities and lost its original meaning and is used simply as a term of excitement.

I will now have to hang my head in shame for telling them to stop using such s stupid non-word. ;)