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Text Messaging goes Legit?

December 13th, 2007

Word of the year according to Merriam-Webster Inc.? W00t. Yes, w00t. Spelled with two zeros. God help us. This was voted on by users on their site from a list of 20 most looked up words (right after “facebook”). What’s next? l33t? Pwned? President of Merriam-Webster John Morse remarked that the choice reflected the growing use of numbers when typing words. Hey, I’m as geeky as the next guy… OK, I’m twice as geeky as the next guy and honestly, you’d have to look pretty hard to find someone the same geek level as me (level 52 if you were wondering)… and even I think this signals the beginning of the end of our language as we know it. Sure, it’ll sound the same but the way things are headed it will look more like an algebra equation from hell than words. And this is a good thing how? You got me. Well, at least when I spell-checked this post “w00t”, l33t, and pwned showed up as incorrect.

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  1. AustinM
    December 13th, 2007 at 17:41 | #1

    Don forget that plurals now end in “z”.

  2. ky22
    December 13th, 2007 at 19:55 | #2

    [email protected] Who needs English when you can speak [email protected] (Try that on your resume and you are guaranteed in to Apple or Microsoft. =)

  3. December 15th, 2007 at 16:09 | #3

    Is it inevitable? Or can I keep my children from becoming ignorant pawns of a world gone mad?

  4. December 15th, 2007 at 17:37 | #4

    I suppose you could go unibomber and live in a cabin with a typewriter and some vinyl LPs. Hey! Then you’d be a true audiophile… of course you’d have to invest in some cable risers…

  5. majorloser
    December 16th, 2007 at 18:37 | #5

    You can NEVER call me old again. Now go take your Geritol and prune juice :p

  6. December 16th, 2007 at 20:19 | #6

    Damn KIDS!

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