Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pwned: Explained, Defined And Illustrated

Back before computers, people would set traps for other people, then when the other person was caught, the catch-er would gloat by saying "gotcha!"

After computers - and more specifically online computer games that involve killing your opponent's player - the common term became "owned!".

Then one day, someone missed the "o" key, and spelled it "pwned!", which - for no explicable reason - caught on, and is now common parlance in some circles. Still, it means the same as "gotcha!": a sudden, total victory over someone who didn't see it coming.

This is what it looks like in the real world:

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