How do you pronounce “pwned”?

By Deane Barker on January 8, 2007

NG BBS – How do you pronounce pwned?: Good conversation about something I’ve often wondered. I’ve never said it outloud (for fear of mispronouncing it), but in my head, it’s “powned,” like “owned” with a “p.”

Sadly, there’s no hard answer, I guess.

There is no uniform way to pronounce “pwn” as it is most often encountered in text. The two most common pronunciations are (p??n) (rhymes with “soon”) which comes from pronouncing the “w” as in Welsh ,and(p?n) (rhymes with “moan”)

Ryhmes with “moaned” is my official declaration. Thank goodness — I can take Cory’s class now.



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  2. There’s no right answer. “Poan”, “poon”, “pawn”… it started out as a typo, so it depends on your interpretation, although many people prefer “poan”.

  3. Dude I just got pwned! It’s not that hard to pronounce. :P I’m from Europe and even I know how to say it !?

  4. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Pwn (below: Various pronunciations) is a leetspeak slang term derived from the verb “own”, as meaning to appropriate or to conquer to gain ownership. The term implies domination or humiliation of a rival, used primarily in the Internet gaming culture to taunt an opponent who has just been soundly defeated (e.g., “You just got pwned!”). It was popular among Counter-Strike gamers before spreading through the more general Internet world. The past tense and past participle, pwned, may also be spelled: pwnd, pwn’d, pwn3d, pwnt, poned, pawned, or powned.

    In hacker jargon, pwn means to compromise or control, specifically another computer (server or PC), web site, gateway device, or application. It is synonymous with one of the definitions of hacking or cracking. The Pwnie Awards are awarded by a group of security researchers.

    Popularity of the term among teenagers rose in the mid-2000s, with the spread from the Internet written form to use in spoken language

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