December 13 2007

Merriam-Webster word of the year isn’t even a word

w00t!So, Merriam-Webster conducted a poll of what their visitors thought the word of the year was.

w00t… w-zero-zero-t

This isn’t a word people, it’s a sound.  It’s like the dictionary adding “d’oh” from The Simpsons, it annoys me as it is not a real word.  Sounds should not be in the dictionary, I’m sorry, but I just don’t think they should be.

While w00t hasn’t made it yet, it could, especially with this backing it, which make me think I will never, ever, use this word again for any reason…

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  • Contrary Jack

    w00t? D’oh?

    Bah! Hey! Yahoo! Hurrah!


    …which is to say, the interjection is a well-established lexical category. Words are sounds with meaning attached.

  • I suspected this would get a comment from you *laugh* I don’t consider the one’s you mentioned, with the exception of “Yahoo” words. And in the case of w00t… it’s usually spelled with numbers… I just don’t get it.

  • I’m okay with interjections and sounds as words, however, I am NOT okay with a word like w00t, simply because you can’t spell words with numbers! You can’t spell words with numbers!! Never in the history of the world has there ever been a word with a number in it. And there shouldn’t be. You keep those numbers away from my words. They don’t belong there. This is not math class! Segregation now!