“w00t” is the new Word of the Year for Merriam-Webster online dictionary

Merriam-Webster’s #1 Word of the Year for 2007 (based on votes from website visitors) is “w00t”–a combination of words and numbers used as an expression of happiness. It was first made popular by online gamers. The official definition in the online Merriam-Webster dictionary is: “w00t: expressing joy (it could be after a triumph, or for no reason at all); similar in use to the word ‘yay’.”

Merriam-Webster president John Morse said that: “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.”

“w00t” hasn’t found its way into the print dictionary, yet, but it is now included in Merrian-Webster’s online dictionary Open Dictionary. I find the evolution of our language, the inclusion of new words created by our current experiences and technology, so interesting. We actually get to see some of it while it happens.

Thanks to Writer Unboxed for the link.

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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