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'W00t!' Named Word Of The Year

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Posted December 12, 2007 - By Stephen Johnson

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year this year is "W00t."

The exclamation, meaning "Hey, I won the videogame contest!" was chosen for its relevance and its whimsy.

"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.

Also-rans for the word of the year include "Facebook" as a verb (IE: "I facebooked your mom.") and "blamestorm" a made-up word that describes a meeting in which blame is assigned.

As a public service to our readers: Please do not say "w00t!" aloud. It makes people want to punch you and makes girls never want to sleep with you.

CBSNews: Online Gamers: Something To "W00t" About

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