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2008 Word of the Year: ‘w00t’

Item: “w00t” crowned word of year by U.S. dictionary/Reuters

More Info: “w00t,” an expression of joy coined by online gamers, was crowned word of the year on Tuesday by the publisher of a leading U.S. dictionary. Massachusetts-based Merriam-Webster Inc. said “w00t” — typically spelled with two zeros — reflects a new direction in the American language led by a generation raised on video games and cell phone text-messaging. It’s like saying “yay,” the dictionary said.

Question: What new word has crept into your vocabulary?

Hat Tip: Gary Crooks/A Matter of Opinion


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