Adventures in Ethics and Science

Seen in a comment on A Philosophy Job Market Blog:

… instead of writing “QED” at the end of proofs, I think we should all start writing “pwned.” I want this change to be my legacy to philosophy.

Comments

  1. #1 Scott Belyea
    February 22, 2008

    Seen in a comment on A Philosophy Job Market Blog:

    … instead of writing “QED” at the end of proofs, I think we should all start writing “pwned.” I want this change to be my legacy to philosophy.

    Interesting. I’d always associated this sort of “in-group jargon” with early teenagers trying to baffle their parents, but I think I’m noticing increasing use among bloggers.

    This isn’t intended to be some sort of insult, by the way, just an observation.

  2. #2 PhysioProf
    February 22, 2008

    That’s fucking hilarious!

    “pwned!”

    kthxbai!!!!!!!

  3. #3 Michael Clarkson
    February 22, 2008

    O RLY? As web-based social entertainments become a more pervasive part of popular culture it is to be expected that the shorthand forms and novel constructs of those environments (even if they make for nearly impenetrable in-game conversation) will disseminate. Even the folk history of MMOs has penetrated beyond web parlance and into the larger culture (i.e. Leeroy Jenkins). “Pwned”, if anyone ever figures out just how to pronounce it, might become a part of standard everyday English someday, not just the parlance of the l33t.

  4. #4 philosoraptor
    February 22, 2008

    Scott, you don’t think that “QED” is also a form of in-group jargon? (How many of us regularly speak or write in Latin, for example?)

  5. #5 Graculus
    February 23, 2008

    Interesting. I’d always associated this sort of “in-group jargon” with early teenagers trying to baffle their parents, but I think I’m noticing increasing use among bloggers.

    It’s from gaming. The kiddies picked it up from them. Most of these things are “AOLisms”, but that one isn’t.

    See also: “Camping”

    But “AOLisms” don’t even originate in “trying to confuse the ‘rents”, either… it has more to do with saving time, lack of spelling ability, and typos. The fact that it annoys the hell out of your parents is an extra benefit, and increases propagation.

    I heartily endorse this idea.

  6. #6 Doctor Psycho
    February 25, 2008

    Gee, I think I’d prefer it the other way around: let’s see 133t5p33k3r5 and LOLCats start using Latin tags.

  7. #7 John S. Wilkins
    February 25, 2008

    I think I will use txting to mark my essays this semester, with lots of ORLY? and pwned comments…

    Incidentally, I’ve tagged you with a meme.

  8. #8 Paul W.
    March 8, 2008

    To avoid obscurisms like QED or pwned, just write “So there!”

    I’ve been doing that since high school. (The teacher liked when I did it and it became the class norm.) My students certainly have had no trouble remembering what it means.

  9. #9 Scicurious
    June 19, 2009

    I have been known to grade papers with incredulous ‘LOLs’ written in the margin. I think the kids appreciate it.

    It’s official, I’m finishing my thesis with “kthxbai”.

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