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I just learned what PWN means from Google, haha!

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I feel like such a nOOb! I've been seeing it everywhere, and I thought I could figure it out. So I finally decided to Google it and learned that's it's a completely made up word that means the same as "Own" (Kinda) except it still doesn't make sense to me why a word had to be invented. Oh well, here's to me being a nerd among nerds, lol.
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I believe this to be the true origin of the word.


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1. The origins of "pwned" are debated but there are two possible sources:
a. A prominent quake player mis spelled "owned" and the new word "pwned" was adopted by people who thought it was "1337".
b. A warcraft map designer misspelled "owned" and thus people started using "pwned" instead.
    
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Lol, people can be such followers sometimes. I thought it had to do with a mispelling somewhere along the way, those two letters being so close together.
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LOL! I have one if anyone can tell me...QFT...*** does it mean?

I have a feeling it means Quite F'ing True but I have never bothered to check
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Ooh, good post. That's another one I couldn't figure out.
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Pretty much.. in the heat of online battle, typing a taunt like "Owned" probably was very prone to typos... the "P" is right next to the "O" on the keyboard and by the time you committed and hit enter it came out as "Pwned"... as you don't really have the luxury of time to spellcheck and correct mistakes in the middle of a gaming match.

Pretty much it just stuck... kinda like people who like to say "teh"... instead of "the". /shrug
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I thought people did "teh" by accident, now I'm starting to see how typos are the "in thing". You guys never cease to amaze me.
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It's not me... I'm old. I actually try to spell correctly if possible.
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Same here.
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lol it took me a while to figure out FTW, im not really sure where that one came from.
    
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