Comments: Celebrate!

I had to have Julia (of Sisyphus Shrugged) explained "pwned" to me. It's Leet-Speak, or hacker language, which often riffs on typos and turns them into deliberately-misspelled words. You see it creeping into popular culture now with stuff like "Num3ers" (which I will always read as "num-three-ers"). PWNED is a deliberate corruption of "owned" which is kind of like saying the person in question has been nailed, or "gotcha!" I've started using "Teh" a lot on my blog, that's a deliberate leet-speak corruption of "the" but I still pronounce it "teh." :)

Posted by Elayne Riggs at December 24, 2005 10:40 AM

Elayne - I guess I'm old, but that just seems weird to me.

Anne: Merry Christmas, hon.

Posted by Lab Kat at December 24, 2005 11:10 AM

It doesn't work for me, either. Worse, it's a derivation of a pretty offensive bit of slang...

I did find a pretty good discussion of leetspeek for ... grownups, at the end of this post.

Merry Christmas, to all who care....

Posted by Ahistoricality at December 25, 2005 12:48 AM

I hope you all had a great holiday season of your choice. ;)

I'll go check the leetspeek, Ahistoricality. Thanks!

Posted by Anne at December 27, 2005 09:59 PM