Did you hear?! w00t has been named the word of the year by Merriam-Webster
! I wish I had some sort of short exclamation I could use to express my joy! Oh wait, I know: HOORAY!
As a side note, this marks the first time a word comprised partly of numbers (the Oâs are traditionally zeros) has been put into the Dictionary since 2003âs inclusion of âSk8r Boi.â The Definition? â(N.)-
One who wasnât good enough for her / But now heâs a superstar / Slamminâ on his guitar / Does her pretty face see what heâs worth?
In all seriousness, Iâve got to say this is something of a troubling sign. Iâm all for gamer slang; anything that keeps a barrier of understanding between them and me is all right in my book. But the fact that itâs gaining mainstream acceptance gives the linguophile in me a shiver of fear, and a vision of a day when l33t is the U.S.âs official language.
To be fair, Merriam-Websterâs word of the year is chosen by Internet ballot, so it makes sense weâd be seeing things like âtruthinessâ and âblogâ start making the rounds. But is that really what we want? Do we really want the same folks who create
entire online encyclopedias
just to chronicle their âhilariousâ labyrinthine subculture deciding the direction the English language is going in?
And by âhilarious,â I mean