“WHAT IS A WOOT?” I asked myself.
People kept ‘woot-ing’ about things. It was obviously an exclamation of joy and triumph – but why not ‘whoop’? Or the rather lovely ‘wahey’?
People kept tweeting things like “have won medal for most interesting hairstyle. Woot!”*
Well, for today’s Wednesday wondering, I can tell you that I wonder no longer.
Here’s what it says in the 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” (I think it means ‘the term also coincides’).
“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.
“I defeated the dark sorcerer! Woot!”