Pwn (below: Various pronunciations) is a leetspeak slang term derived from the verb own, as meaning to appropriate or to conquer to gain ownership. The term implies domination or humiliation of a rival, used primarily in the Internet-based video game culture to taunt an opponent who has just been soundly defeated (e.g., "You just got pwned!"). It was popular among Counter-Strike gamers before spreading through the more general Internet world. The past tense and past participle, pwned, may also be spelled pwnd, pwn'd, pwn3d, pwnt, poned, pawned, or powned.
In hacker jargon, pwn means to compromise or control, specifically another computer (server or PC), web site, gateway device, or application. It is synonymous with one of the definitions of hacking or cracking. The Pwnie Awards are awarded by a group of security researchers.
Popularity of the term among teenagers rose in the mid-2000s, with the spread from the Internet written form to use in spoken language.
* 1 Etymology
* 2 Pronunciations
* 3 See also
* 4 Notes and references
The word pwn most likely came about as a common typo of the word "own" because the "p" and "o" keys are adjacent on a standard English keyboard.
Because pwn is primarily used in written form, it has no single generally accepted pronunciation: renditions include /ˈoʊn/, /ˈpoʊn/, /pəʔˈoʊn/, /ˈpɔːn/, /piːˈoʊn/. Originally, pwn and its variants were pronounced /ˈoʊn/) in the same way as the derived verb own; the tail of the p being "silent". A notable usage of this pronunciation can be seen in the Internet distributed series Pure Pwnage (pronounced "pure ownage", /ˈpjʊər ˈoʊnɨdʒ/).
Where speakers vocalize the p, pronunciations include pwen, "pwin", pawn, "pone", pun and pwone.
* Internet slang
Notes and references
1. ^ "Pwned - 10 Tales of Appropriation in Video Games" (Martin Pichlmair)
2. ^ "Computer Slang"
3. ^ Ludlow, Peter; and Wallace, Mark (2007). The Second Life Herald. MIT Press. p. 53. ISBN 0262122944
4. ^ a b Naone, Erica (November 2008). "The Flaw at the Heart of the Internet", Technology Review 111 (6): 62–67.
5. ^ Peckham, Aaron (2007). Mo' urban dictionary: ridonkulous street slang defined. Andrews McMeel Publishing. p. 230. ISBN 0740768751
6. ^ Beaudoin, Andy (April 26, 2007). "A brave new World", The Update. Retrieved on 2009-05-23.
7. ^ a b Bennett, Dean (February 8, 2007). "Teen slang now following Internet shortcuts", Canadian Press. Convenience link.
8. ^ About.com, pwn - own, accessed 2006-01-01.
9. ^ The word "pwnage" can be pronounced several different ways. The show's creators pronounce it "ownage". "'Pwn' was originally a typo of 'own', because the 'P' is near the 'O' on the keyboard. The person is still trying to say 'own'." [TeamSpeak chat, December 13, 2005].
10. ^ Pwn, PC Magazine Experts Help Encyclopedia, accessed 2 March 2008.
11. ^ Rhoads, Christopher (August 23, 2007). "What did U S@y?". Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/public/article...023894850.html
. Retrieved November 26, 2009.
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