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Re: Anyone see this?

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Sunday, December 14, 2003, 20:50
Quoting Garth Wallace <gwalla@...>:

> Andreas Johansson wrote: > > Quoting Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>: > > > > > >>On Fri, 12 Dec 2003 18:23:27 -0500, Greg Johnston > >><greg.johnstons@...> wrote: > >> > >> > >>>>Woohoo! > >>> > >>>I believe the correct term for the occasion would be "WOOOOOT!". Or maybe > >>>I'm just American... > >> > >>I think the accepted spelling is |w00t|, with zeroes. One of those odd > >>little bits of l33t that have leaked into moderately-mainstream online > >>culture. Unless of course, |woot| as an interjection previously existed in > >>American English, and I never became aware of it until I saw it online. > > > > Altho I'm generally very much in favour of linguistic creativity, "l33t > speak" > > (not to mention "1337" ..) has always left me cold. I'm all for > shortenings > > and opaque acronyms, but respelling stuff for it's own sake somehow does > > strike me as unnifty and anticommunicative. The later is no doubt a > feature > > rather than a bug - it helps distinguishing the in people from the out > people - > > but I don't like it anyway. > > AIUI, it originally developed as a way to dodge features on some BBSes > that would kick you off for swearing. The auto-kick feature wouldn't > recognize, say, "5h17".
Well, that's pragmatic enough. But if so, it's rather evolved from it's roots, and into something I dislike. Tangentially, I tend, on internet forums etc, to use "CENSORED" as a generalized expletive. If available, I like to have it in red to really stand out. To my mild surprise, no-one's ever called me on it. Andreas