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pkiller

noun; blending and clipping
A player who kills other player-characters in an online multi-player game, often through underhanded methods. Presumed reason for coinage As is often the case, pkiller was coined to fill a previously absent need in the language; online games had to reach a level of sophistication only recently realized before the concept became relevant. Notes It has an undeniably negative connotation, and pkillers are almost universally despised among other players, as they often cheat to achieve their goals. The analysis of this word is simple: it is the result of clipping and compounding from the phrase ‘player killer’.
 
This page is dedicated to all the PKillers in Diablo!
Etymology : Compound of PLAYER clipped to P and KILLER.
Source : (http://www.cs.monash.edu.au/ ~stevem/diablo/pkiller.html). This is but one example of this word; many exist, and I cannot say where I first saw the word used. It was coined in January 1997, shortly after the release of Diablo, an online computer role-pla
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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