Expect cheers among hardcore online game enthusiasts when they learn Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year. Or, more accurately, expect them to "w00t."

当铁杆网络游戏迷们得知《韦氏大词典》 “2007年度词汇”的评选结果时,他们一定会欢呼跃雀跃——或者更准确的说,他们会说“w00t”。

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

在《韦氏大词典》(总部位于斯布林菲尔德)“2007年度词汇” 的在线评选中,“w00t”击败其它词汇拔得头筹。“W00t”是字母与数字的“混搭词”,网络游戏玩家在玩得很爽或打败对方时常会说这个词。

Merriam-Webster's president, John Morse, said "w00t" was an ideal choice because it blends whimsy and new technology.


"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.


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

莫斯说,游戏玩家通常用数字和符号来代替字母。他们创造出了一种“l33t speak”“精英语言”(网络黑话),“l33t”读作“leet”,是elite(精英)一词的缩写。

For technophobes, the word also is familiar from the 1990 movie "Pretty Woman," in which Julia Roberts startles her date's upper-crust friends with a hearty "Woot, woot, woot!" at a polo match.


The 2006 pick, "truthiness," also has its roots in pop culture.


Some also-rans in the 2007 list: the use of "facebook" as a verb to signify using the website by that name; nuanced terms such as "quixotic" and "hypocrite"; and "blamestorm," a meeting in which mistakes are aired, fingers are pointed and much discomfort is had by all.