The history of woot, whoot and w00t…

12/14/2002

Inspired (a long time ago) by a conversation with Matt Webb and Dive Into Mark’s History of the tilde, I started researching the history of the exclamation w00t and it’s two parallel analogues woot and whoot. Then I got hideously distracted and my plans to write the definitive work had to be abandoned. So instead, you’ll have to make do with this graph of the incidence of the three different terms on Usenet over time – figures courtesy of Google Groups‘ search results pages…

There’s a larger version of this graph available here.