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Hi-de-ho hepcats or slang!

by nickmamatas

My co-worker and occasional Haikasoru blogger Eric came up to me this morning, just having read the forthcoming Slum Online. He had a piece of paper in his hands, so I was worried that some copy error had gone undetected. But no. See?

Eric didn’t know what wtfpwned meant. WTF was easy enough to explain, but pwned’s origin is already obscure. “It means owned,” I told Eric. “As in thoroughly dominated. But with a p, so it’s ‘poned.'” (And yes I know that the pronunciation of the word is also a matter of debate.)

And then Eric just looked at me.

And I said, “You’re old.”

He had to agree.

And then I told him that he should blog this but he didn’t want to! So I did! Twenty-three skidoo!

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7 Responses to “Hi-de-ho hepcats or slang!”

  1. Julia S. says:

    All his base are now belong to you.

  2. Avram says:

    But no complaints about the unrealistically correct orthography in the rest of the texting?

  3. nickmamatas says:

    Well, one of them is actually RPing a ninja character with elevated dialect (to the bemusement of the other characters). Be sure to buy two copies—one to read and the other to annotate in the margin and submit to me if we reprint!

  4. John Goodrich says:

    Sorry, no. No one who texts “wtfpwned” knows the difference between “you’re” and “your”.

  5. TJ Walker says:

    From ‘Urban Dictionary’
    Interesting origin, I thought…
    1. pwned

    A corruption of the word “Owned.” This originated in an online game called Warcraft, where a map designer misspelled “owned.” When the computer beat a player, it was supposed to say, so-and-so “has been owned.”

    Instead, it said, so-and-so “has been pwned.”

    It basically means “to own” or to be dominated by an opponent or situation, especially by some god-like or computer-like force.
    “Man, I rock at my job, but I still got a bad evaluation. I was pwned.”


    “That team totally pwned us.”
    by Daniel Rivera Apr 11, 2003

  6. nickmamatas says:

    I suppose I’d instantly accept that origin story had it been accompanied by a screencap of the typo.

  7. Scott C says:

    I always liked the theory it was a speed based type (ie switching between keyboard and mouse you don’t have time to spell check)

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