El Hubbo and I saw Star Wars: Attack of the Clones this weekend and when the beginning story came up (you know, “Long ago in a galaxy far, far away…” <-- Gee, did I quote that correctly?) I yelled, “W00t!”
I felt that I was among fellow Internet geeks and that they would understand. El Hubbo feels it was totally inappropriate and that no one other than him would know what the Hell I said and meant.
I’m totally wooshed but I’m not straining at the leash to see AOTC, if that’s relevant. If I do see it though, I’d like it to be in a cinema where people feel free to roar out stuff at will - not much chance of that on the more reserved side of the pond though.
I’ll pipe in and say that I hate “w00t.” Which is interesting, because I play online a lot - but I’ve come to detest the lack of language skills. I’d associated w00t as the battle cry of the 1337 ha><0rz, whose very speech makes a mockery of clear communication.
Say “Woo!” That’s okay. Say “Whoo!” That’s okay. Say “Woot!” and you’re getting edgy - and on every game I’ve played with voice comm, “w00t” has a particular pronunciation. Imagine the song “Who Let the Dogs Out.” W00t is pronounced the same as the barking sounds after the title phrase. I hate that sound, and by association I’ve come to hate those that make it regularly a bit. No offense to y’all in here, because I don’t have to actually hear you say it.
So, yes, I know what you mean. I yelled at least one Homer-esque “Woo-hoo!” at AotC’s intro myself. I suppose in context (geek heaven) it was appropriate. But I don’t have to like it.
w00t! 73H 574R W4RZ I5 73H K3W1357 M0VI3 3V3R!!!@#$%&^*!1! ahem
It was very cool of you to shout “woot”. Woot is a word for all occasions, expressing the pure, sublime joy that is life. How more eloquently could it be put than the single, shouted syllable which is ‘woot’? I normally use it to loudly announce headshots in Counter-Strike, but I muttered it a few times under my breath while watching AOTC.
The “leet haxors” say interesting things. I believe that their “leet” language “roxors,” but I’m not really sure. “Woot!”
One poster in one thread lost to the crash said something to the effect that 1337 speak was today’s equivalent of Bill Cosby’s secret language from the '70s. I think he was thinking of Ubbi-Dubbi from the '70s public TV show Zoom (as far as I know, Bill Cosby had no secret language), and if so, I have to agree with him.