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Quick question with regard to editing my young adult book -- do you have any idea what "pwn" or "pwnage" means? (No googling allowed!) If you do know, do you think other adults would? Can you also let me know if you have teens around you? Do they know? Thanks!
#1 - May 09, 2014, 12:59 PM
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Yes, I known what "pwn" means.  Not all adults I know would know what it means, but many would. Yes I have teens around, but they don't use it.

There was actually a discussion about this word a few years back, but I think it got deleted when we had to do a big post purge to keep the boards from crashing.
#2 - May 09, 2014, 01:21 PM
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I don't USE it, but I know what it means. Most adults I know my age and younger would know - though my mother's generation would not.

I know a lot of teens and none of them use it (but most probably would know what it is?). I think of this more as something a 20-30 year old computer-game-obsessed person would use.
#3 - May 09, 2014, 01:30 PM
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I pretty much ditto everything Literaticat said.
#4 - May 09, 2014, 01:34 PM
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I feel like it is not commonly used anymore. Or if it is, yes, in the 20-30 year old age group like Literaticat said.
#5 - May 09, 2014, 02:01 PM
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Same to all above. And that 30s age group is moving into their 40s.
#6 - May 09, 2014, 02:06 PM
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I haven't any idea ... but my 15-yr-old son does, not my 13-yr-old daughter.
Just looked it up, and if you use it in the proper context, readers will figure it out.
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#7 - May 09, 2014, 02:32 PM
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Yeah, doesn't it mean "to own" like "I totally owned you" if you beat someone in a video game or something would become pwn?

I have one teen in my house, but I don't even think she knows what lol means. ;)
#8 - May 09, 2014, 04:01 PM
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My sons used it a lot about two years ago. But now I haven't heard them use that word in a long time. They are now 17 and 14.
#9 - May 09, 2014, 04:48 PM
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I wouldn't use it bc even if readers know what it means now, it will probably be quickly phased out along with other terms that have quickly come and gone like "teh."
#10 - May 09, 2014, 05:06 PM
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My 13YO son knows...but then again, that is his inner geek showing. :)
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I don't know it. But I never was a gamer.
#12 - May 12, 2014, 11:35 AM
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I know it, but agree with Deena. It could make the manuscript feel a little dated pretty quickly.
#13 - May 12, 2014, 03:56 PM
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Thanks for the help -- I'm working around it.
If anyone is interested in the world my YA book encompasses, this new documentary is spot on:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-RKqGaNq-Y
 
 
#14 - May 13, 2014, 07:34 AM
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