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Pwn

verb; blending of player (n.) + verb (v.)
To beat handily at some form of competition. It stems from the widened meaning of own (v.) from the metaphor: to beat someone so badly that you own their reputation.
 
“We’re gonna pwn these kids in our game this Friday!”
Etymology : pwn (v.) is a blend of player (n.) + own (v.). Player (n.) from Old English plegere the noun version of play (v.) plegan, plegian "move rapidly” from PIE root *dlegh- "to engage oneself". Own (v.) “to defeat” extension through metaphor of Old English geagnian, from root agan "to have, to own". [etymonline]
Source : in school the week before a basketball game. 2008-2009 season
Last modified: 25 November 2013


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