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omg M3r1/\M-W3b$tarz!

Meriam-Webster has declared “W00T!” to be Word of the Year for 2007.   I believe I speak for everyone when I say: omgwtfbbq?

Machinist’s take on this is pretty interesting, as usual (Farhad Manjoo = r0xx0r):

John Morse, M-W’s president, told the Associated Press that the selection of “w00t” “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.”

But there’s already been some criticism of the choice. Ars Technica’s Nate Anderson derides it as “an expression so likely to die off in the near future that I can just about see its pallbearers lining up down the hall.”

Allan Metcalf, a heavy over at the American Dialect Society — I’m sorry, the Am3r1c4n D14l3ct S0c13ty — agrees, telling the AP that the word is “amusing, but it’s limited to a small community and unlikely to spread and unlikely to last.”

O RLY? D00d, it’s the word of the year — its time is now, and so what if it won’t make it to 2oo9?

Hey, take a look at previous M-W WOTY winners: “Truthiness” in 2006, “integrity” in 2005, “blog” in 2004, and “democracy” in 2003. Integrity and democracy? Yeah, like those are likely to last or to spread.

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