Jason Toon


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The Etymology of “Woot,” Part 1

First, let us say, unequivocally, that we will hunt down the next journalist who uses the above headline for an article on Woot. Then we will force-feed priority pucks to him/her until our supply is depleted. And if you’re writing a story about us, we are not w00t, w00t!, woot!, woot.com, or Woot! Yes, woot.com is our web address. Yes, Woot! is what our logo says. But we are simply Woot, or Woot, Inc. if you’re nasty. You have been warned. Now, on to business…

I may be opening myself up to your slings and arrows here, but I have to admit I’d never heard the term “woot” until Dave told me about this new web site his charming, brave, talented brother was launching (hi boss!). So lately I’ve been wondering: how many of you were familiar with the word before you heard about the burgeoning ecommerce site/mind-control cult at woot.com?

Several times a day, I find myself explaining “woot” to grandmas, probation officers, and disinterested bartenders at the local dives. “Double-you oh oh tee, like ‘loot’ with a W instead of an L.” It’s actually so rare that someone knows the term that as I repeatedly try to explain it, I just end up feeling foolish and tired…so very tired…

Then a couple of months ago, Merriam-Webster, inventors of the English language, released their annual list of the most popular non-words. Lo and behold, “woot” came in at #3, sandwiched between “confuzzled” and “chillax.” Our favorite non-word outright pwnz the interjection division, as the only such part of speech to make the list. (In your face, “OMG”!) But where are all the woot-speakers that placed the word on M-W’s list? Evidently not at the bars, family reunions, and support groups I go to.

So what about you? A couple of days ago we asked about your introduction to Woot the totally awesome web site - now we're asking about the word itself. Do you have a personal relationship with “w00t”? Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Wootarian Party? Did you know “w00t” before you knew Woot?

Coming in Part 2: we probe the various stories about the origins of “woot,” and explain how nothing is really true, ever, so you might as well hold up that 7-11, because “prison” is just an abstract mental construct. Plus: mad bootylicious beats, yo!



the.ronin


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Anyone that's ever played online FPSs are very well familiar with the vernacular that is "w00t." In fact, I believe the term was originally concocted during a particularly heated TvT round of Counter Strike.

stile99


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I always figured it was the typical crass stupidity that inhabits certain sectors of the online community, and that in this specific case, they did not know the word was actually "Woo!", as in short for "Woo Hoo!", which you'd think they would know from at least The Simpsons if not elsewhere. It's certainly not the first word taken out back and shot by the script kiddies, that's for sure.

mesmashwoot


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to me Woot is a gaming term that I have accepted into my vocabulary has a term meaing excitement as in:
Woot! I totally just fragged your @$$
or
Woot! I beat the game!

But I use woot to express joy as well as in
Woot! I just bought some poker chips
or
Woot! I just ate your lunch

So to me Woot means two things 1. I am happy or 2. I just pwned something or someone.

P.S
oh and since 3/30/2005 Woot has come to mean a daily site I check, or I also use Woot's name in vain... as in
@@$$% WOOT! I stayed up for this!!!

craigf


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Can I spell it VV()()T ? No?

I just wonder how much influence the availability of woot.com in WHOIS influenced the decision to go with this name. Jason?

chnsawalex


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Another evil cult introduced me to woot. Everquest the MMORPG that once it gets a hold of you its hard to get off of like crack. Even after years of inactivity in that game I can still picture most of the world in my head, remember the mobs names and what not. There are so many different people that play it hence the first M[MORPG]. It a clash of all the cultures and the ability to spread like wild fire that made such words like woot so popular. Its crazy how much video game have become a part of our lives.

the.ronin


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 chnsawalex wrote:
Another evil cult introduced me to woot. Everquest the MMORPG that once it gets a hold of you its hard to get off of like crack. Even after years of inactivity in that game I can still picture most of the world in my head, remember the mobs names and what not. There are so many different people that play it hence the first M[MORPG]. It a clash of all the cultures and the ability to spread like wild fire that made such words like woot so popular. Its crazy how much video game have become a part of our lives.


Wasn't there recently some sort of virtual bubonic plague that just about wiped most lower level characters on that thing? w00t!

mikerstein


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I found plenty of W(ow! L)oot! In Everquest, Doom and, of course, Duke Nukem as I toddled down the RPG/FPS road of life to Doddering Senility, where I now reside in the third house on the left.

ldopa1


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I was introduced to the term "w00t" originally as "w00t!" followed shortly by "I ju5t fr4gg3d ur a55, I m teh L33T H4X0R!! OMGWTFBYOB..." ad infinitum back when I was playing CounterStrike and had a WONID in the triple digits, so it's been a while. Since then, I've obtained useful gainful employment, found love, found sex, found grass, the sun, clouds... all sorts of things!

I found my beloved woot (as in woot Inc.) through a friend. I, unlike everyone else who posts in the community boards it seems, have yet to say, think, or God Forbid, post "OMG WTF! I waited up for this?!?!?!" Yes, yes you did. Now you can <br> <img src="http://ejenkins.backspark.com/stfu-baby.jpg"><br>

<strong>Mmmmkay? Kthxbye!</strong>


13 Woots (More than 500 characters)

Mtncub


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*wanders idly into the room, a giant 'Spleen-Buster' sized 7/11 Cherry-Coke Slurpee clutched in one paw and a bundle of Teriyaki beef sticks clutched in the other and crashes down into a giant virtual bean-chair*


Y'allo

Ok, so I'll be hanging out with a friend (or friends if I have the money to spare to buy the extra friends), and we'll be watching our favorite tv show(s) / movie / video game, and something extrodinary happens that we really seem to like? And *w00t* just leaps like hot burning oil out of a frying pan and fills the air.

As long as I can remember *w00t!!* is like a shout of joy / happiness / excitement. It wasn't until just recently that I discovered "woot.com", or Woot Inc. cause I AM nasty.. but I started wondering where the evolution of *wOOt* started.

Back when Everquest was brand new and I turned into a complete game-whore (tough to imagine no? I had my Troll Shadow-Knight whoring himself out for bits of armor and weaponry!) ... Woot was used to mean "Wonderful Loot".

Travel even FURTHER back into geek history (geeze, I'm admitting to this)... when I played Dungeons & Dragons... Woot was "Wow ! Loot!" when our sadistic DM finally saw to lettings us have a paltry bit of treasure after hacking our way for weeks through halflings or half-orcs or other bits of scaley nonsense, and our weeks of work would result finally in a pile of coinage so small as to have us all swearing we were going to cut the DM's brake-lines or have us all mumbling like an escapee from the local lock-up about the many uses of "Crisco".

So, there's an insight into the mind of yet another 'geek'.

Ciao!

Stephen.

Ooo Shiny!

AlexJS


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there's a message board i read a lot where :woot is an emoticon ...


to the best of my knowledge, it predates Woot by at least 3 years.

Time to first Bindle of Carrots: 6 years, 4 months, and 26 days

nickels55


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Wasn't it the chorus to some crappy old rap tune:

Woot - there it is!
Woot - there it is!

Ok, so it is really "Whoop there it is!", but it would make a great theme song if you ever do audio ads. If so, please mail me a check in the amount of $50 for the idea.

WOOT!

PhantomRogue


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Woot was first ment as a we own you type deal.

Then it degraded into, I(we) just pwnzed you! As well as Dang, look at me(This)!

Now, its just a common word that is embedded into the psychi of everyone. Thinking woot means, WooHoo. Negative, WooHoo means WooHoo, woot is supposed to mean, "we just beat on you" and the ever popular in old Rogue Spear matches, "woot woot!!" or the other usage, "Wooooooooot" when you Frag/Naded someone and couldnt help me proud of yourself for that kill.

Now, woot is known to many as, One Deal One DAy, which is fine and dandy, but Woot will always (to me) be known a word meaning, "Woot!"

cruzer


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woot....the sound of a train's horn....at least that's what it sounds like to me


woot!...a term of excitement.

woot...as defined by urban dictionary:

Woot originated as a hacker term for root (or administrative) access to a computer. However, with the term as coincides with the gamer term, "w00t".
"w00t" was originally a trunicated expression common among players of Dungeons and Dragons tabletop role-playing game for "Wow, loot!" Thus the term passed into the net-culture where it thrived in video game communities and lost its original meaning and is used simply as a term of excitement.

or

As an acronym, can mean Waste of Our Time or Way Out of Topic (online forums) Less common....hmmm sounds like a winner to me....

McGuffy


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Hey, I think I finally get last week's Photochop contest! Here's my entry! Compact, portable, AND pun-y!


Earosmith! Get it?!! EAR-o... Ya see, there's an ear, and...

P.S. I remember woot from wa-a-a-ay back when it referred to root access on a Unix machine.

"There are 2 types of people in the world: Those can extrapolate from incomplete data."

davidmichaelmalloy


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"Woot" is an ancient word that originated in the southern province of the Turkish Empire in the 3rd Century BCE (For those that are living under a rock we academics changed BC to BCE and AD to CE, Common Era if you require further assistance). The term "woot" was used to make aware the public of the incoming Greeks. Little men would hide in small cracks of buildings, feeding off the crumbs of passerby's..

These little men were responsible to watch the waters for invaders. Upon catching a glimpse of said invaders the little men would claw their way up the buildings, scale roofs, and ring a bell. The little men would then scream "WOOT WOOT WOOT!" The guards were told to pay close attention to the ringing of the bell and the calling of the WOOT! As soon as they heard this call from the little men they would run inside the palace to warn the prince immediately.

Upon receiving such information the prince would then scamper to his chambers in the basement where he could ride out any terrible battles that may ensue. While in the basement hiding from the Greeks, Prince David (coincidence, I swear!) became frustrated with the long battles.

With no end of the war in site Prince David decided it was time, to up and start the greatest web site known to man. He scrapped together the few belongings he was able to store in his basement. The Prince knew he would have to space out the selling of his items so that he could sustain a steady income capable of supporting his lavish lifestyle. He decided to sell just one item per day, and at this rate he could survive another 10 years in the basement. And that is how Woot came to be.... Well done...

Woots-to-date:

-ESPN The Ultimate Universal Remote with WiFi
-6 Device Charging Station
-Kingston 4GB USB 2.0 Data Traveler Thumbdrive (2 Pack) || -Linksys Network Optimizer for Gaming & VOIP || -Kensington Optical Wireless USB Mouse (2 Pack) || -RCA 200 watt 5.1 Channel Home Theater System w/5 DVD Changer || -Westinghouse SlicerToaster Two-Pack || -The Ultimate Matrix Limited Edition Collector’s Set

LanceWithABee


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My fiancée introduced Woot as a web site offering good, sometimes great, deals on stuff. Regardless of price or lameness every thing gets an entertaining write up. It wasn’t until the first Woot off that I realized Woot was more than just good deals. It’s a reason to stay up late, to get up early, to be late for work. It’s hitting the refresh button every 30 seconds, even though you know that lemonade maker isn’t going anywhere. You got time to get to or from work (shower? I don’t need a shower, I took one yesterday, or maybe the day before), maybe even hit a drive-thru. Just got to check one last time. Awe, come on, it looks like the bar is moving BACKWARDS. No changing your minds people!! If you aren’t sure about something, buy two. Let’s go! I’ll leave as soon as the next item comes up. Unless it looks like it’s moving quick.

Anyway, The sound "woot" started during that Lent when you gave up swearing and couldn't say "Ooo, $hit!" when trying to find techie bargins on-line. It is also the sound you make when you realize that the woot off has made you late to work.

kupdaddy


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I found Woot, your Woot, as in Woot.com, when I tried to figure out what "woot" the word was. I had heard people say it time and again and, worried that I'd be a 20-something in New York without knowing the definition of a seemingly popular slang term, I turned to my good friend, Internet Explorer. My first instict was to Google it (I love hearing middle-aged professionals used the word "google" as a verb.) but before I completed the ".com" and hit Enter, I said to myself, "Maybe 'woot' is some new website with a character of some sort who says 'Woot!" and it just kinda caught on..." So I typed in "www.woot.com" and there I was, a virgin wooter, admiring the day's item (some sort of speaker if I remember correctly). I still had no idea what "woot" meant and assumed that this site was not its origin, but I considered my search successful regardless. Months later, I am a daily wooter, and I still have no idea what "woot" means.

Sonan


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I thought WOOT originally stood for We Owned the Other Team, but of course it's used in lots of non-team-based situations as well. Like when my high-elf mystic dings level 53, I'll probably /gu Woot!!

vaevictis


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Originally heard it in MUDs way back when RPGS were text and a lot of the WooT buyers prolly weren't even alive yet. It is used a lot in MMORPGS and FPS.

--Vae

Eron Shall Linver

McGuffy


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 kupdaddy wrote:
I found Woot, your Woot, as in Woot.com, when I tried to figure out what "woot" the word was. I had heard people say it time and again and, worried that I'd be a 20-something in New York without knowing the definition of a seemingly popular slang term, I turned to my good friend, Internet Explorer. My first instict was to Google it (I love hearing middle-aged professionals used the word "google" as a verb.) but before I completed the ".com" and hit Enter, I said to myself, "Maybe 'woot' is some new website with a character of some sort who says 'Woot!" and it just kinda caught on..." So I typed in "www.woot.com" and there I was, a virgin wooter, admiring the day's item (some sort of speaker if I remember correctly). I still had no idea what "woot" meant and assumed that this site was not its origin, but I considered my search successful regardless. Months later, I am a daily wooter, and I still have no idea what "woot" means.



Middle-aged professionals pay Google's bills by advertising their companies on there, sonny ;-)

While not quite there myself (I'm 33), I love hearing post-pubescent script-kiddies make fun of the old-timers (who actually laid the groundwork of ARPANet) while they play Everquest with their virtual girlfriends 2000 miles away. I'm sure they're proud.

"There are 2 types of people in the world: Those can extrapolate from incomplete data."

theafterglow


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Two words:
Arsenio Hall

trojandan


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"And if you’re writing a story about us, we are not w00t, w00t!, woot!, woot.com, or Woot! Yes, woot.com is our web address. Yes, Woot! is what our logo says. But we are simply Woot..."

Why would you simply be 'Woot' if your logo says 'woot!'? That doesn't make any sense. I feel for the journalist for having to deal with such irrational minds...

markbett


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I always learned woot! as being a 1337 h4><><012 type thing or retarded 13y/o playing counter strike type thing and it was supposedly an acronym for:
We
Own the
Other
Team
!
which would be fitting for woot becaue they do infact own AFAIK the marketshare for online one item a day retail stores....

xtmanx


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Bubb Rubb and Little Sis made up the word..

The whistle goes WOOT WOOT !

http://www.bncoffroad.com/ghetto/bubb_rubb/
http://www.muddysmind.com/archives/000209.html

sigma419


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I wore a shirt that says "w00t!" to my school picture. Geeks of the universe, unite!

swolski


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As many of you have pointed out, it is totally a gaming term. But for those looking for a more elaborate explanation, checkout the every awesome--wikipedia.

Here is the entry:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woot

killingtime


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For me, the word became vernacular in the 70's...

Remember those road trips in the family "fake-wood" oldsmobile stationwagon? ("Fake-wood" - you know the stuff, it looked like wooden drawer/shelf liner applied to the outside of the car?)



You fought your sister/brother for the window to get the truck driver's attention to blow the horn. (Back then, you didn't care about seat belts. You slid back and forth on the seat as your dad cornered a turn too fast.)

"Woot, woot!" Insert *downward arm motion*



Now, that is the true derivation!

Damn, I feel old!

gthewooter


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I think it's obvious that the teen girl squad first said w00t.

http://www.homestarrunner.com/tgs2.html


stile99


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 nickels55 wrote:
Wasn't it the chorus to some crappy old rap tune:

Woot - there it is!
Woot - there it is!

Ok, so it is really "Whoop there it is!", but it would make a great theme song if you ever do audio ads. If so, please mail me a check in the amount of $50 for the idea.

WOOT!



I think, given what was said in the article, they are far far more likely to mail you a rabid Tasmanian Devil with a craving for eyeballs and...other spherical body parts.

slide12345678


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i thought the word came from online games such as ultima online, etc.
i remember fmy first experience with it was during the days of quake II and starcraft after that, obviously other online games since then

its been around for quite some time

CapnJRod


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CapnJrod's Dictionary states the following:
1.) w00t (pronounced "woot") -
Definition:
An exclamation of happiness used primarily by 'l33t h4xx0rz' and people in the online gaming community, but spilling over into other online communities as well. Often used in close proximity to other common 'l33t' phrases like "n00b", and "pwn3d", and "WTF"; these 'l33t' phrases are often followed by the ending punctuation, "!!!!!!!!!!!111111one"

Origins of the word:
The origin of the word w00t can likely be traced back to the early days of Counter-Strike, a popular first-person-shooter(FPS) online game. While the word was most likely created and used prior to this in hacking forums, MUDs, MMORPGs, and other online communities, it seems it was not made popular on the web until the Counter-Strike era. This may be partially due to the large diversity in user base for Counter-Strike compared to previous online communities, including people from every walk of life like the everyday working man and the bored teenager. The joy of the internet and online gaming was no longer confined to the computer-nerd niche. Also, with the increasing popularity and availability of the internet at this time, many people who were previously incapable of using the internet were now playing games like Counter-Strike into the wee hours of the morning and picking up new terms such as w00t from their new online buddies. While offline it is not yet entirely widespread, it is still understood and used in the majority of online communities.

see also:
l33t, Counter-Strike, pwn3d, n00b, h4xx0r

2.) Woot -
A popular online sales site usually found selling one randomly ridiculous item per day, usually electronic in nature. This site started mid 2004 and has been growing in popularity ever since. Prices found on the Woot website are usually lower than can be found anywhere else. Also, many decent items tend to sell out in about 12 hours from the time of listing, with some of the most popular selling out in under an hour such as the recent "Virgin Electronics Boomtube EX" portable speakers.

the.ronin


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The modern iteration of the word does hark to gameplaying ...


An l337-sp34k (elite-speak) version of Whoo! with an added 7 (T) for 007. L33t Sp34k is generally believed to have originated in Quake or old newsgroups.




An acronym in team-based gameplay, meaning: We Owned Other Team.




However, it predates online gaming going back to the days of D&D ...


Gaming slang -- the original use meant 'Wow! Loot' in Dungeons and Dragons play.




But what of the difference between w00t, woot, and wh00t?? ....


Inspired (a long time ago) by a conversation with Matt Webb and Dive Into Mark's History of the tilde ... this graph of the incidence of the three different terms on Usenet over time - figures courtesy of Google Groups' search results pages...




But most historical of all is its usage in the Canterbury Tales dating back to the late 14th century ...


Some of you may be interested to know that "woot" is a middle english word, meaning "know".

A SHIPMAN was ther, wonynge fer by weste;
For aught I woot, he was of Dertemouthe.

(Transl: There was a shipman, dwelling far in the west;
For all I WOOT, he was from Dartmouth.)

(Chaucer, General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales)

What is less well known is that Chaucer, after shaking up the establishment with his racy Canterbury Tales, attracted a following who called themselves "the olde Poole of London". They had a grand old time predicting which individual tales from the Book of Canterbury Chaucer would read at court. Only a handful of their names have survived in the records. There was someone called Norman, obviously, because these were post-conquest days. Also, a man with the strange monicker of Gopherstyke, a chap with the surname Byrd, plus someone called Lemman Dogge (it translates as something like Sweetest Dog, but I'm no expert). This odd group of Chaucerians would welcome each other with the esoteric greeting "Woot" whenever they got together. I'm no scholar, but it would seem to suggest that they meant something like "Knowledge" or "Enlightenment".

Iraneseth


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I was first introduced to the term while playing a tabletop game called "Over the Edge" on the Online Gaming Resource, a MUSH. (Telnet)

This was 7, almost 8 years ago, now. Geeky? Naaah.

Ironically, for all that I'm a nerd, I found Woot through an article in Time Magazine (Online). I don't normally plug geekspeak or leetspeak into my browser and see where it takes me (although www.omfg.com is pretty funny).

Kajo


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While the term may have been used by Chaucer or as a warning to the Turkish prince, and although the sound of a truck horm may have been mimicked by kids on roadtrips, the expression first became popular in 1989 as the mantra of the audience in the short-lived Arsenio Hall Show, as they chanted and pumped their fists in unison.

McGuffy


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Actually, It's Canadian for "What".

"There are 2 types of people in the world: Those can extrapolate from incomplete data."

killingtime


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 McGuffy wrote:
Actually, It's Canadian for "What".



"Eh," what's this "aboot?" Did you take my "colouring" crayon away?

tsmyther


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According to the Jargon Lexicon

http://jargon.watson-net.com/jargon.asp?w=w00t

w00t

An interjection similar to “Yay!”, as in: “w00t!!! I just got a raise!” Often used for small victories the speaker does not expect to be of special interest to anyone else. Some claim this is a bastardization of “root”, the highest level of access to a system (particularly UNIX), originated by script kiddies as a 133tspeak equivalent of “root”, and said as an exclamation upon gaining root access. Others claim it originated in the Everquest multiplayer game as an abbreviation of “wonderful loot”. Still other claim it on originated on IRC as the “Ewok victory cheer”] Adj. w00table has the sense of “cool” or “nifty”. This is one of the few leet-speak coinages to have crossed over into non-ironic use among hackers.

That's from the most recent Version (4.4.6), which was modified last on October 25, 2003.

The VP OverLord of Programming uses this on occasion as an away message in iChat, which is where I first saw it a few years back. Not being into 1337-speak, I haven't used it much, sort of forgot about it, until I saw your site bookmarked in that same accomplice - erm - colleague's del.icio.us RSS feed.

kheeze


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I first encountered the term "woot" when I became addicted to a popular MMORPG... The Saga of Ryzom.

After you kill a monster, you can quarter it's remains and use them to craft useful items... these body parts are also know as "loot".

So... when you got good loot, you said "woot!"... then it migrated to a definition for anything good. When you gained a level, or found The Secret Kami Oasis, or whatever... it was a term such as, Congrats! or Yay!!

See more at www.ryzom.com




PentaxVanguard


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I first heard/saw the word wØØt in a web forum in which I lurked some four or five years ago. The good ol' BnB (Banter and Brawl) of the Ambrosia SW's EV (Escape Velocity) web boards. I started using it with my fellow geeks, dweebs and nerds when I would "school them" to use the vernacular of the time. Pwning had not yet come on the scene.

1/19/2007 Logitech Mobile Traveller Bluetooth Headset
4/13/2006 Western Digital Caviar 250GB Hard Drive
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