How do you pronounce "pwn"?

Discussion in 'General Gaming Discussion' started by Lanlan, Jul 20, 2012.

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My roommate pronounces it "pawn", I say "pown". What about you?

  1. Pown

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  2. Pawn

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  3. Pween maybe?

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Jul 20, 2012

How do you pronounce "pwn"? by Lanlan at 12:51 PM (2,677 Views / 0 Likes) 43 replies

  1. Lanlan
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    I heard my roommate say "pawn some noobs" recently and I was like WTF, have I been pronouncing pwn wrong? So I wiki'd it and apparently both "pown" and "pawn" are acceptable pronunciations. How do you guys pronounce it? I'd assume like 99.9% of people say "pown" but I could be wrong.
     


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    I mentally pronounce it pawn (I don't speak english so I never pronouce it).
    But, I didn't even know the word "pown", nor I don't know how it is pronounced.

    to me, both should be pronounced the same. p o n
     
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    pawn

    from pown i remember pow from super mario
     
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    'Pwn' is word that should never be verbalised.

    See also 'lol.'
     
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    I always saw it as sort of a typo of "own" or something, my mind just sees it as "pown"
     
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    http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/LOL
    Pronunciation: /lɒl, ɛləʊˈɛl/

    They didn't add pwn yet
     
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    "Pwn" is the retardation of the word "own". You see, in online video games (especially the ones that 10 y.o's play) whenever someone kills someone, they say "Owned!". But to make it even more stupid, it was once mis-spelled as "pwned" since the character "P" is right next to "O" on a traditional QWERTY keyboard.

    Saying internet slang in real life is stupid and you should feel stupid for doing so.
     
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    when i play cod mw3 for wii , i rarely hear someone saiyng "owned" neither pwned , only : se fudeu
     
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    Because ironically, the people who play CoD on Wii are more mature than on Xbox.
    :teach:
     
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    Let's not argue, just answer the question and have civil conversation. Or I'll be very very angry.
     
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    It's good to see that people on the 'temp still want peaceful and civil conversations, but please no ''i'll get angry'' or anything, it's not a way to calm things down.
    To answer the question i imagine it as pown, not like i use it IRL.
     
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    It came about as a typo of "own", so I guess "pown" makes sense, but "pawn" is always how it sounds in my head, and there is logic behind that - in chess, the pawn is the weakest piece, and so "pawning" someone in a video game would refer to killing them with a lesser weapon (e.g. a pistol if they had a machine gun or whatever).
     
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    How do I pronounce 'Pwn'?

    I don't.
     
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    I always found pwn to be mildly retarded, but I say pown if and when I do ever say it. No other pronunciation makes sense considering it's replacing the word "own".
     
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    I normally pronounce it pown, but pronouncing it poon is so much cooler.

    pooning noobs
     
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    Easy: I don't pronounce it. The word gets used pretty much exclusively as a means of degrading someone in a gaming competition, and I don't go there. I'll keep it to "gee gee", "nice shot" and things like that. At worst, I'll call a match unbalanced. Usually when it IS (I swear some online people would get a rush from winning a CTF game if the teams were ten players to zero).

    Mentally, the word kinda sounds exactly as written: 'pwn'. Somewhat the sound of these kinds of horns produce:

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    To be fair, "lol" actually is a Dutch word. And it was that way long before the internet coined it.


    It means to have fun. ("I'm having fun" is translated as "ik heb lol").


    Yeah...we Dutchies were ahead of our time on that one. B-)
     
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    I don't, it's a ghetto word so I don't write or say it -- it's just OWN to me and spelled as such. :) Just like I refuse to write or say other ghetto words such as the b---g word for jewelry and other flashy accessories, screw that.
     
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    I never understood the whole pwn thing and where it came from or why it caught on. I think it's extremely low class and would never use the word myself but I've heard it pronounced p'own (like own with a p at the beginning).
     
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    Legend would have it, it was from a custom warcraft map. Warcraft lets you type a per-map win condition. The mapper allegedly was too tired and misspelled 'own' (Player 1 pwned player 2).

    I guess it spread because of the absurdity, and because p is one MORE than o (which kinda makes 'pwn' better than 'own').


    Oh, and I remember a phrase someone mentioned in a similar topic:

    "(spoken) We got owned with a capital 'P'".
     

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