Thursday, December 13, 2007

Word of the year?

w00t!

Yes, the computer geek's expression of joy, spelled with two zeros. It's cute, but it isn't a word. "Facebook" took second place - as a verb, not a noun. Merriam-Webster is really slipping.

11 comments:

tiff said...

I canNOT believe that. How.....silly.

Jeni said...

That defies grammar rules there doesn't it? A noun is supposed to be the name of a person, place or thing and isn't "Facebook" then the name of a thing? Or maybe even a "place" when you think of it in respect to looking for it on the internet, on the computer, etc., since it takes a URL to find it. Or is that too much of a stretch there?

Dave said...

I understand the verbification of Google; but, use Facebook as a verb in a sentence. "I facebooked him." What did I just do? Is it a felony or a misdemeanor?

LL said...

w00t! Score one for the geeks!

wa11z said...

So if you use w00t at the beginning of a sentence do you capitalize the "w"?

Kathleen said...

I'm just thankful that I found an explanation of this "word" as I've seen it around and had NO CLUE what it meant.

fermicat said...

In case anyone is curious, here are the other nine of the top ten:

2. facebook
3. conundrum
4. quixotic
5. blamestorm
6. sardoodledom
7. apathetic
8. Pecksniffian
9. hypocrite
10. charlatan

"Sardoodledom"?!? Never heard of it. Blamestorm is a good one, though. Heh.

Debo Blue said...

Fermi, you should have challenged everyone to use each word in a sentence:-)

I'm surprised no add'l Rap phrases made the list this year.

magnetbabe said...

Now that Merriam Webster has used w00t, all the computer geeks must abandon it immediately.

fermicat said...

debo blue has thrown the gauntlet. Anyone up for the challenge? Thanks for stopping by here, debo.

magnetbabe - good point. Hah!

dr sardonicus said...

George Carlin still has all the best ones.