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why 'owned' starts with a 'p'?

Pwned just doesn't make sense to me. Or am I just an old man, out of touch?

I'm with you on that one.... don't get it.

Urban Dictionary says....



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A corruption of the word "Owned." This originated in an online game called Warcraft, where a map designer misspelled "owned." When the computer beat a player, it was supposed to say, so-and-so "has been owned."

Instead, it said, so-and-so "has been pwned."

It basically means "to own" or to be dominated by an opponent or situation, especially by some god-like or computer-like force.

"Man, I rock at my job, but I still got a bad evaluation. I was pwned."


"That team totally pwned us."

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