In addition to the former
post, there is another common usage for the term w00t
when it is used as an exlamation of success or happiness.
To begin with some history on the origins of this specific usage
the term w00t
, one must be vaguely familiar with the Unix
computer operating system
is a multi-user
operating system which relies on an order of power, where the most powerful user in the computer system
is called root
, when trying to take control of a remote Linux
computer , try to access it on the root
level, so as to gain full control over the machine for purposes good or evil.
In my experience, in the olden days
of this computer hacking, it became customary for these hax0rs
to brag about their feats in chat, such as IRC
thus became the l33t sp34k
term for having obtained root
access on a machine, or a general expression of "success!" or "I did it!"
In my continuing quest for the origins of "woot" I have found the first use of the word on usenet. The post follows.
From: David M Stokes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: AOE is INCREDIBLE!!!
Date: 1993-09-20 17:22:30 PST
I'm really hoping that someday soon I'll see that subject heading up
here... :( Yea I know how you feel. BASTARD! How could I?? Well
we got a few guys here at work chewing their legs off waiting... since
Feb if I can remember back that long... Oh well...
Word! Woot there it is!
I am not responsible for anything.