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Gamez

noun; sound symbolism
Pieces of entertainment software (games) that are made freely available on the internet despite copyright laws. (‘This gamez site has some great software; you should check it out.’) ‘Gamez’ itself likely came about when some creative fifteen-year-old decided it sounded underhanded, and the rest is history. Related words with similar stories are appz and filez. Gamez is the result of a more general process operating among would-be hackers and scofflaws. Such peepulz take words ending in s and change it to a z, a trend which quite possibly originated with the creation of ‘warez’ newsgroups for posting pirated software. In its modern context, this change gives a word an underground rebellion flavor. Somehow, the z has come to have some symbolic significance of its own. Specifically, gamez refers to games that are, shall I say, ‘unofficially licensed.’
 
The hottest gamez site on the net.
Etymology : From GAMES, via a process that might be called sound symbolism.
Source : Some pirate website
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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