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“W00t”当选韦氏“2007年度词汇”

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Merriam-Webster's word of '07: 'w00t'

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9U2TQ6}w^6v~0Expect cheers among hardcore online game enthusiasts when they learn Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year. Or, more accurately, expect them to "w00t."

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z u3Ob,x&MG6K0"W00t," a hybrid of letters and numbers used by gamers as an exclamation of happiness or triumph, topped all other terms in the Springfield-based dictionary publisher's online poll for the word that best sums up 2007.

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Merriam-Webster's president, John Morse, said "w00t" was an ideal choice because it blends whimsy and new technology.商务英语词汇H@&\xo*]m

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It's like saying "yay," the dictionary said.

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"It shows a really interesting thing that's going on in language. It's a term that's arrived only because we're now communicating electronically with each other," Morse said.

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Gamers commonly substitute numbers and symbols for the letters, Morse says, creating what they call "l33t speak" — that's "leet" when spoken, short for "elite" to the rest of the world.

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3^:Ben&U+X&k)@Ma0Purists of "l33t speak" often substitute a "7" for the final "t," expressing a "w007" of victory when they defeat an online gaming opponent.

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%G:X:`9C _7S+n0"W00t" was among 20 nominees in a list of the most-searched words in Merriam-Webster's online dictionary and most frequently submitted terms from users of its "open dictionary."商务英语词汇D,WIG0N~

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The choice did not make Allan Metcalf, executive secretary of the American Dialect Society, say "w00t."商务英语词汇+Vj%o:p|g}`T

ZBm%nQ\1s e TwY0"It's amusing, but it's limited to a small community and unlikely to spread and unlikely to last," said Metcalf.商务英语词汇 _|*LPf#\0Id

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"Truthiness" was the word of last year picked by Webster.

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^-R/JJL;J+}ge |_0Some also-rans in the 2007 list: the use of "facebook" as a verb to signify using the Web site by that name; "blamestorm," a meeting in which mistakes are aired, fingers are pointed and much discomfort is had by all.

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