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w00t is 3rd Favorite Non-Dictionary Word

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the not-a-fan-of-confuzzled dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 422

Jay writes "The word has been getting out apparently. No longer just a word for gamers, 'woot' now appears as #3 in Merriam-Webster's What's Your Favorite Word (That's Not in the Dictionary)? contest. It was beaten out by ginormous and confuzzled."

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Cromulent (5, Funny)

Profane MuthaFucka (574406) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666037)

All of those words in the list look perfectly cromulent to me.

Obligatory Critic Quote (5, Funny)

MagicDude (727944) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666131)

(Duke, Marty, and Jay are playing scrabble)

Duke - Kwizibyck.

Marty - That's not a word.

Duke - Get Webster on the phone. Noah, how ya doing? It's Duke. How much would it cost to make kwizibyck a word? I don't know what it means. Uhh, how about a big problem? Great. How 'bout that other word I invented, Dukelicious? No one's using it? What a Duketastrophy!

Re:Obligatory Critic Quote (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12666276)


[playing scrabble game]

Bart : Kwijybo. I win, I'm outta here.
Homer: Wait a minute, you little cheater. You're not going anywhere 'til you tell me what a Kwijybo is.
Bart : Kwijybo. A big dumb balding North American ape. With no chin.
Marge: And a short temper.
Homer: I'll show you a big, dumb balding ape.

Hellamass (1)

Outthere057 (566345) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666148)

a word that has been used by me and my friends for years. If there is alot more of something than there should be

woohoo! (3, Funny)

rogabean (741411) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666039)

W00t!!!!

Woohoo (1)

killa62 (828317) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666266)

w00t!111111111one!!!oneEXCLIMATION MARK!1111

(not redundant)

my favourite is (1)

Festering Leper (456849) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666042)

smeprini

Re:my favourite is (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12666164)

We apologize to Slashdot readers. The parties responsible for the parent post have been sacked.

W007 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12666044)

First post!

Re:W007 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12666061)

sorry but you lose.

Shinatz (0)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666053)

Tharts hella lame d00d ,pwnz pwnz w00t.
Welp , Anyh00 more powAh to em eh eh

Re:Shinatz (0)

KillerDeathRobot (818062) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666114)

/\/\4/\/, u r 7312121813 4+ 13375P34|{

Re:Shinatz (1)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666141)

I think it was helped by my near heroic input of whisky tonight , somehow when i reduce my IQ via Whisky i seem to have a supernatural understanding of 1337 sp3ak. ;) i think i just found of a corelation

what a story... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12666062)

what a story...

w00t!

Confuzzled? (4, Insightful)

TomHandy (578620) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666063)

I've heard w00t of course, and ginormous, but where are people using the term "confuzzled"?

Re:Confuzzled? (4, Funny)

rogabean (741411) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666084)

So you're saying that you are confuzzled by the use of the word confuzzle?

Re:Confuzzled? (2, Insightful)

TomHandy (578620) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666118)

Exactly...:)

Re:Confuzzled? (1)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666101)

Your guess is as good as my guestimate(, im confuzzeld over the cromulance though i feel embigand having the bestest grasp of the situsation

Re:Confuzzled? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12666132)

Ahem. That'd be "cromulence" and "embiggened".

Re:Confuzzled? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12666159)

Dude i don't think you can critiment the spolling of non existant werdz

Re:Confuzzled? THATS OLD!! (1)

gorim (700913) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666128)

I was hearing confuzzled way back in 1995. Isn't there anything new ? :)

Re:Confuzzled? THATS OLD!! (2, Funny)

Guy LeDouche (713304) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666232)

Bush'd

Re:Confuzzled? (2, Funny)

UserGoogol (623581) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666193)

It's a perfectly cromulent word.

Re:Confuzzled? (3, Informative)

Crazieeman (610662) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666212)

Confuzzled is heavily used in the Central US. Its not generally used seriously either, just a cute term for puzzled confusion mostly among good friends.

Re:Confuzzled? (2, Interesting)

saigon_from_europe (741782) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666241)

Is 'u' in 'confuzzled pronounced like in 'confused' or like in 'puzzled'?

Re:Confuzzled? (1)

Neoncow (802085) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666268)

I'd say it like puzzled. Dunno, it sounds cuter that way.

Ah, I think I know why. It sounds like fuzz. As in fuzzy.

Re:Confuzzled? (1)

Mold (136317) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666217)

I've heard confuzzled for as long as I can remember.

Honestly, I had the same reaction with "ginormous" before. That was new to me.

Re:Confuzzled? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12666275)

Disney's Winnie the Pooh & the Blustery Day (1968) features the song Heffalump and Woozles by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, in which the word "confoozle" appears...

Re:Confuzzled? (1)

beeplet (735701) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666296)

I use the word confuzzled all the time... Mostly in reference to my cats, though, since they're often puzzled or confused, and always fuzzy - hence "confuzzled".

We need a new word now. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12666066)

Well, like with white people speaking ebonicizzle, it's time for us geeks to get a new set of words.

I mean, when your sister who can't do much more that AIM with her computer says w00t, its been "played out" too much.

What do you suggest instead of w00t?

Re:We need a new word now. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12666109)

I suggest this in place of woot from here on out:

OMGWTFR2D2BBQC3P0!

or possibly OMGIFNPWNDUMF!

Re:We need a new word now. (4, Funny)

PsiPsiStar (95676) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666115)

Geeks have lots of words that noone else uses. "Stereochemistry, Hexadecimal, Defrag"

We don't need to make stuff up to be misunderstood.

Re:We need a new word now. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12666151)

What do you suggest instead of w00t?

Maybe speaking fucking English?

Re:We need a new word now. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12666269)

OTIF(i mean 071|= )-other team is fucked

Re:We need a new word now. (1)

KillShill (877105) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666273)

it was played out the 1st time it was said.

damn, get some self respect people.

Re:We need a new word now. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12666293)

there is always pwnd, look maa, no vowells

Re:We need a new word now. (1)

genrader (563784) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666302)

No, it's pwn3d.

Re:We need a new word now. (4, Funny)

falzer (224563) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666301)

Try these obscure new slang words on for size:

w00t > Jubilation!
thx > Gratitude!
gj > Felicitations!

Now you get to be different from the mainstream once again.

Huh? (4, Funny)

EvanED (569694) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666067)

I'm confuzled as to how w00t didn't get first place. I don't see any of the other words -- combined -- as often as w00t, at least when I'm chillaxing with my friends. I think they mad a ginormous mistake.

Re:Huh? (1)

derfy (172944) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666106)

I first heard 'chillax' on Family Guy, and I thought they made it up. How idiotic.

rsigjdd

Re:Huh? (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666122)

I've _never_ heard the word "chillax". What the hell?!

Sounds like something Snoop Dog would have come up with. I'm sorry, but just because you end everything with "izzle" or"azzle" doesn't make them new words. It doesn't even make them new *slang* words!

Re:Huh? (3, Interesting)

pyro_dude (15885) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666152)

I use the word to my father when he gets uppity and asks me too many insignificant questions about things during the day. "Chill, relax, chillax."

Re:Huh? (1)

Alkaiser (114022) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666309)

Most the other words on that list suck. Gription? Hey...how about "grip"? It means the same thing and it's less letters.

The only ones I approved of were w00t, ginormous, and phonecrastinate.

But... (1)

eurleif (613257) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666069)

What happened to "u", "r", "y", etc.?

Other common Words (1)

jerichohol (821580) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666070)

What about Fark and Slashdot?

Re:Other common Words (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12666124)

or stile?

as in "That chick's ass is so stile!"

If w00t made the list then... (5, Insightful)

bryan8m (863211) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666077)

n00b should too!

Re:If w00t made the list then... (5, Funny)

jakosc (649857) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666243)

n00b should too!

Nah. n00b hasn't been around long enough...

Re:If w00t made the list then... (2, Informative)

Mahou (873114) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666283)

n00b is just an "encrypted" version of newb which is short for newbie which is of course an actual word that is in fact in the dictionary

Dictionary subject to trends? (3, Insightful)

Sv-Manowar (772313) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666078)

Obviously these words haven't been included in the mainline dictionary, but its an increasing trend for modern slang and shortened terms to enter the dictionary. Whether such words should be included in dictionaries, which are important reference works is subjective, but I feel there is a danger that as more words that are subject to current conditions are added, dictionaries will have to become more dynamic and possibly lead to faster evolution of the language.

Re:Dictionary subject to trends? (1)

EvanED (569694) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666125)

...its an increasing trend for modern slang and shortened terms to enter the dictionary

Do you have any actual evidence that this is the case other than a feeling/speculation?

Re:Dictionary subject to trends? (2, Insightful)

forkazoo (138186) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666172)

What do you mean "increasing?" Are you saying that dictionaries should only use Old English? You know, the dead language which used "thorn" as one of the letters. Ever try to read an original excerpt of Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, for example? Language references must always grow and adapt with the language. Otherwise, they couldn't include a definition for computer which talked about a machine, or include the word "television." All words were new at some point. Some will fall out of use and stop being put in mainstream dictionaries. It's the circle of life, dude.

Seriously, what is the official year after which new words can't be in dictionaries?

Re:Dictionary subject to trends? (2, Insightful)

poopdeville (841677) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666224)

Uhhhh... dictionaries are historical records of words that have entered the lexicon. A word is added to the dictionary when it has shown its importance in the development of the lexicon. Of course slang should get into the dictionary -- at least once a slang word has shown its importance in culture. Slang is how the English language has developed through the centuries. Pick any English word you'd like -- it was slang at some point in history.

So yes -- the dictionary is subject to trends. Because it records them.

slashdot's favorite non-word (1)

blue_adept (40915) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666082)

is "rediculous".

Or at least one of the most commonly misspelled.

BTW I was just judged "non-human" even though I typed in the correct letters, has this happened to anyone else?

Re:slashdot's favorite non-word (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12666166)

"Seperate" and "defenetly" are close seconds. And don't even get me started on "loosing" a game. "It's" properties are poorly understood!

Re:slashdot's favorite non-word (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12666171)

Nah, I think "artical" is the favorite around here.

Re:slashdot's favorite non-word (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12666186)

If I had mod points, I'd mod you +1 rediculous.

Re:slashdot's favorite non-word (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12666198)

I think slashdot's favorite is "compatable". I seldom see "compatible" properly spelt.

Re:slashdot's favorite non-word (1)

rokzy (687636) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666213)

>Or at least one of the most commonly misspelled.

imo the most common is "insure" instead of "ensure", though I think that's technically retardedness not misspelling since even if they read their own posts they wouldn't spot it.

W00t! (4, Funny)

NightWulf (672561) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666090)

Woot, While I was chillaxing with my peeps, avoiding eating the snirt. We were phoncrastinating until my buddy John called. So I pwned him by hanging up after discussing the fact that i'm so confuzzled about the ginormous lack of english comprehension!

What about Fugly (3, Interesting)

multi-flavor-geek (586005) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666098)

Fugly, (Fuh-glee): adj The inherant nature of someone to be F*cking Ugly. Usage, generally at bars, after a few drinks, but before the beer-goggles kick in.

My other favorite is Gigantor, that being a person (there was someone in particular) who s so huge that they have developed a Godzilla like reputation, and the ablity to block sunlight. Or in the case of this person break concrete steps while walking up them.

Re:What about Fugly (3, Informative)

Reverend528 (585549) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666169)

Gigantor [wikipedia.org] is actually the name of a manga (and subsequent anime tv series) about a giant robot.

Well thats just craptastic . . (4, Funny)

code shady (637051) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666099)

I use w00t way more then I use ginormous or confuzzled. In fact, I think that both of those other words are dumbpendous.

sniglets (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12666105)

these are all just sniglets.

sniglets were NOT FUNNY in the 80s and continue to not be funny today.

plus, w00t! is spelled with zeros -- webster's should at least use the correct spelling.

Re:sniglets (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12666297)

well if we are to believe microsoft, woot originated as an acronym for we own the other team. therefore all the l337 derivatives are mearly alternate l337 speak spellings

Hmm... (1)

triplej3000 (804712) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666108)

I am so confuzzled that w00t has such a ginormous following.

Call me old fashioned (1)

serutan (259622) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666110)

... but I'm sticking with ginormous.

When it gets corporate backing... (4, Interesting)

MacFury (659201) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666111)

When it gets corporate backing, it will be in the dictionary.


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Toxic Sludge is good for you [ejnet.org]

I am feeling bitter today

Re:When it gets corporate backing... (1)

remove office (871398) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666311)

"When it gets corporate backing, it will be in the dictionary."until then, there's always urbandictionary.com

Presented definition of squinching incorrect! (1)

forkazoo (138186) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666129)

see http://oemagazine.com/newscast/012401_showdaily03. html [oemagazine.com]

It is pretty sad when the dictionary people don't know the real meaning of a word. They say in their introduction that it is merely to fit into a small space. That is not squinching. Dag nabbit. Also, the definition of w00t mis-spells the word, and gives no explanation. It is subtler than what they claim. more useful, and intriguing.

Back in my day... (2, Funny)

Garrett Combs (699749) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666134)

I remember when l33t sp34k was underground. Damn you Webster.

The nature of dictionaries (2, Interesting)

Capt'n Hector (650760) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666137)

Dictionaries are supposed to be descriptive and not proscriptive, so if these words are used so much, why are they NOT in the dictionary? A recent example of this would be the alternate pronounciaton of nuclear as "nookyoulure." Stupid as hell, yes, but it's in the dictionary.

Re:The nature of dictionaries (2, Insightful)

UserGoogol (623581) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666222)

Well, although dictionaries are descriptive, there's always the question of how much they are supposed to describe. Are dictionaries supposed to describe ever niggly bit of the language, (which could be time consuming, because slang can evolve rather quickly) or should they only describe the parts of the language which are considered acceptable in formal writing?

Re:The nature of dictionaries (3, Insightful)

chromasia (882782) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666305)

While "proscriptive" is a word, it doesn't mean what you think is means and propably isn't the word you were intending to use!

Whatever happened to (3, Insightful)

idonthack (883680) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666139)

"pwnt", "noob", "frood", and "haxor"?

A few favorites (4, Interesting)

miyako (632510) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666146)

Just thought I'd list a few of my favorite non-words, in no particular order.
  • Frienemy
  • Asshat
  • Sexcapade
  • teh
  • borked
  • burninate
  • pwned
  • pathetisad
  • craptastic

Re:A few favorites (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12666177)

you forgot "assmonkey"

Re:A few favorites (2, Insightful)

swb (14022) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666258)

We used sexcapade in college in the mid-80s, it's been around for a while.

The only one missing from your list is automagic.

Re:A few favorites (2, Interesting)

interstellar_donkey (200782) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666306)

Odd, your list contains far more words that I know, and even have used with some frequency (asshat and burninate being two I've been known to utter), then this other list. In fact, the only word I reconized there was "Woot" (and yes, I use that quite often, but oddly enough only in text format. I don't think I've ever said it out loud).

A few more I'd like to see:

- Broked (as in "They done broked me"
- Fucktard (excuse the profanity)
- Interweb (a purposly missspoken word used when talking as someone who thinks the Internet and the Web are one in the same)
- Gaysexual (meant to be a 'non-offensive' slang word for homosexuals)

It actually surprises me sexcapade isn't in the dictionary. That's been around for a long time.

Also, I've noticed far more usage of "craptacular" then "craptastic", but then again, I've never heard anyone use the word "Phonecrastinat"

Ok.. Ok. (1)

rogabean (741411) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666158)

I made my funny little comments in here. But what honestly frightens about all this woot, confuzzled, OMGWTFR2D2BBQ, LOL crap is that it's come to the point where I find myself actually saying this crap in real life talking to people.

Especially the word "woot". "LOL" being the scariest one I use in real life sometimes in place of actually... oh I dunno... *gasp* laughing!

It's all very confuzzling.

How about... (5, Interesting)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666163)

...automagically?

Re:How about... (1)

Teja (826685) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666249)

Haven't heard that one yet, you mean like this? [wikipedia.org] . If it's in Wikipedia, it is probably used quite a bit.

Re:How about... (1)

Neoncow (802085) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666290)

To both parent and GP:

My guess as to why it isn't up there is because it's often used in the context of someone who understands how something works to describe something to someone who doesn't.

Remember, people who know/care about how things work are a minority. :P

Re:How about... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12666310)

Maybe because that word has been overused to the point that I cringe when I hear/read it.

My guess is that your favorite of the non-dictionary words is "faggotry"

what about n00b? (1)

espergreen (849246) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666173)

noob beats woot anyday of the week

Essays! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12666182)

could you ACTUALLY imagine writing a dissertation using the words "ginormous", "woot" and "confuzzled"?

What's funnier than all of these fake words.... (1)

p_trekkie (597206) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666201)

...is the number of slashdot users who make spelling errors trying to use the fake words in an attempt at a humorous sentence.

Re:What's funnier than all of these fake words.... (3, Funny)

interstellar_donkey (200782) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666270)

Yes, because nothing's more unforgivable then misspelling a fake word.

"Buttload" quantifies things (1)

theurge14 (820596) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666211)

I say it a buttload of times. Maybe my use of this word says something about me that I am unaware of. w00t?

Never heard of Chav then? (3, Interesting)

plusser (685253) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666214)

The non-dictionary word of the moment in the UK is Chav - or at least it isn't in the Oxford Dictionary yet, although it might be tomorrow.

Re:Never heard of Chav then? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12666234)

Burberry and Hackett all the way, baby!

I think there's only one valid response... (1)

TooMuchEspressoGuy (763203) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666216)

...to this article:

OMG t3h r0xx0r!

What about... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12666244)

..the War on Terrah?

Gynormous (1)

bobetov (448774) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666248)

They missed a great chance with ginormous. I think this is much better:

gynormous (adj): Carting around a whole lot of junk in the trunk while female. An extra helping of woman.

"Yeah, she's cute, but the chick she's with is gynormous!"

Slashdot (2, Funny)

bsquizzato (413710) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666256)

Slashdotted is definitely my least favorite verb. Who would ever want such a horrendous thing occur to them :o

Obscure reference, but... (2, Funny)

VValdo (10446) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666271)

"Ginormous?" "ESPN-onage"?

Rich Hall must be rolling in his grave right now. That is, if he's dead.

If not, surely his career is rolling in its grave...

W

Pwn got pwned. (1)

neongrey (884718) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666286)

Poor pwn. Nobody loves pwn. It is the finest verb that ever verbed a verb.

Does anybody even know (1)

Helmut Kool (624923) | more than 9 years ago | (#12666288)

... where that word came from (and what it means)?

How about "Prolly" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12666304)

People say "prolly" when they probably mean "probably"
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