Merriam-Webster has declared the word “bailout” as the 2008 word of the year. It nabbed top honors for receiving the highest number of on-site searches in the shortest amount of time. Last year’s winner was “w00t“. Kinda paints a picture of how things have changed, doesn’t it?
The lords of all things wordy have handed down the scroll with this year’s official “Word of the Year 2007” scrawled across the papyrus and that word is… w00t. That’s right, w00t.
Not w-oh-oh-t, but w-zero-zero-t. Just like it’s been spelled for the past 10 years on the internet. And it’s just NOW making the list? Why? What happened in 2007 that w00t gets the nod? Did the president use it? Is it all over this year’s holiday cards from Hallmark? Did Toyota make a 4-wd w00t?
I don’t get it. Someone, please explain. If, after thousands of years, w00t is the hottest word we have going, then I’m a little worried.