New Word For 2007

Merriam-Webster is giving online gamers something to "w00t" about.

The hybrid of letters and numbers used by gamers as an
exclamation of happiness or triumph has topped all other terms in
the dictionary publisher's online poll for the word that best sums
up 2007.

The word was among 20 nominees in a list of the most-searched
words in Merriam-Webster's online dictionary and most frequently
submitted terms from users of its "open dictionary."

Merriam-Webster's president says "w00t" was the ideal choice
because it blends whimsy and new technology.

One English professor says the choice was "amusing," but says
it's "unlikely to last."


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