If you are on Twitter, are a geek, a gamer, or following any of us Rebels, you have heard and probably even used the word “w00t!” Its a term that is Twittered from the Philippines to Hollywood.
So, what the heck is a w00t?
“Woot” is a term used by many online junkies as a quick way to express “like” or “awesomeness” in a statement or phrase. (my own definition)
Where did “woot” originate? How did such a silly term get so popular?
OK, all of you nerdy readers put your hands down. You would not have clicked on this article if you had any doubt in your mind what “woot” meant or how to use it. Let me give you its definition and origin from an undisputed quality online resource…
According to 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 an truncated 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.
Other suggested origins: We Owned the Other Team, Wonderful Loot, Waste of Our Time or Way Out of Topic.
We’ll let the techies and gamers fight over the creation of the term. What is more important is how “woot” is used amongst us social butterflies (or uber-geeks if you prefer).
How can “w00t” be used effectively to communicate in our new abbreviated social world?
Lets start with a person (ok, a star) who not only teaches us how to effectively embrace social media, but a gal with the ability to generate 5000 “w00ts” in a matter of seconds.
Hey Alyssa… w00t w00t!!!
Thanks Andrea! Yes, Sun and Coffee are deserving of a Woot!
A woot is a woot. Good point Sally. Woot.com is a cool place to buy stuff online. I wonder which woot came first? Here is one way to use @woot…
Woot! A farting Pen!!!!
Passé? Touché Holly. I thought so too until I did a search for “w00t” on twitter! Holy woots Batman!
You bring up a good point Chris… Many people woot just to woot…
Huh? You got a “Twitter”, or a “woot” for your Twitter? I’m confused…
That woot should have been in CAPS.
That’s what Al Gore said.
Woot to your Mother! (Play on words… my old school homies are down with that)
Try writing an article about the word woot…
Nice! This guy just used “woot” to express his happiness for finding some loot. Two-for. Well done.
There is nothing like a good W00t.
W00t is a four letter word that calls silent-celebration to anything we feel needs a little noise. In these days of so much to say in so little characters, “woot” is the ever-excepted term I think we can all agree on. So the next time you have some awesomeness to share on twitter why not give it a little w00t -power?
Can I get a woot woot?woot
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This post was written by Christian Collard