Friday, August 18, 2006

Website of the Week - woot.com

That's right, every Friday I'll be presenting you with a site that I find helpful, wacky, or somewhere in between.

Today's site is woot.com If you're broke like me or just constantly looking for a good deal then this is where you need to go. Every day they feature one item. That item is for sale for that day only in unknown quantities. For instance today they have a SanDisk 256 meg MP3 player for $12.99 + $5 S/H. These items might be refurbished or overstocked or they might have fallen from the sky.

You might have seen this word woot (or w00t) in your time on the net. What does it mean? Possible derivations from Wikipedia:


  1. Co-opted in the 1990's in dance clubs from 1970's disco chant: (beat) (beat) "Woop(t), Woop," a la a klaxon or siren.
  2. As a vocal expression, perhaps a portmanteau of "woo" and "hoot".
  3. As a type of onomatopoeia, reflecting the rising sound of a siren or klaxon.
  4. From MUD video games, meaning "wow, loot!", "woohoo, loot", or "wonderful loot". Also spelled wewt.
  5. Acronym for "Win Over Other Team", or in the original Quake servers as "We Owned the Other Team" or "We Own Other Teams" [citation needed].
  6. In the hacking/cracking scene, the administrative account on Unix-like systems is usually named "root". One of the aims in cracking a system of this type is gaining "root" access, and hence full control of the system. Under this derivation "w00t" is a leetspeak corruption of the word "root", used as a general exclamation of victory.
  7. Acronym for "Waste of Our Time," that confused sarcasm for excitement.
  8. Woot is the name of a mask/helmet used by the Kuba people of the congo to repesent the first ancestor. Used in initiation ceremonies for boys, funerals, or rituals concerning the sacred king. Made of fiber, cowries, beads and wood.

The games/cracking scene usage of the word w00t seem of later origin than the vocal expression. The oldest references on Usenet to w00t date from 1996, woot can be found as early as 1994 ("Woot! I got 'da Land!").



In this case it is a shout of joy that means you just got a great deal. They also have a pretty cool community and a weekly Photoshop contest that can get hilarious and win you some cash.

2 Comments:

At 10:00 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

Woot is the name of a mask/helmet used by the Kuba people of the congo to repesent the first ancestor. Used in initiation ceremonies for boys, funerals, or rituals concerning the sacred king. Made of fiber, cowries, beads and wood.

Every time I see some joker posting "w00t!" now, this is all I will think of.

And I will laugh and laugh and laugh.

 
At 9:21 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Heh. Yeah I thought that wasw interesting.

 

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