“w00t” – the joy-filled expression popularized by online gamers – was named Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2007 based on votes from web site visitors.
If the term is unfamiliar, here’s the definition:
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!)
Note that the expression is typically spelled with two zeros. The Merriam-Webster president said it reflects the text-messaging-influenced trend of using numeric characters to type words.
The term is so new that it hasn’t been added to the regular Merriam-Webster dictionary (although it is in the open dictionary of entries submitted by individuals).
Other words in Merriam-Webster’s top 10:
- Facebook (in verb form: Did you facebook today?)
- Conundrum (a difficult problem)
- Quixotic (a “foolishly impractical… pursuit of ideals”)
- Blamestorm (a group effort to identify a scapegoat)
- Sardoodledom (a contrived plot or characterization)
- Apathetic (little feeling or emotion)
- Pecksniffian (hypocritical)
- Hypocrite (acting in contradiction to stated beliefs or feelings)
- Charlatan (a fraud or faker)