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What Does Pwn Mean?

Pwn is a slang term that means to defeat, often in an extreme way. It was originally used in the context of computer gaming, particularly massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs), but is now often used in many different contexts.

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Techopedia Explains Pwn

The term pwn has developed around judgments on technology, its uses and its advancements, in a competitive environment. For example, one would say that one tech company “pwned” another by rolling out a vastly superior product. Alternatively, “pwn” is used in the context of individual performance, for example, the triumphant orator “pwned” his or her opponent. A related term that has also gained prominence is “epic fail,” which means extreme failure.

Linguists speculate that “pwn” was originally derived from the word “own,” where to “own” someone means to ensure his/her complete and total defeat. It is believed that because the “o” and “p” keys are next to each other on a standard English keyboard, “pwn” was such a common typo for “own” that it eventually took on the original word’s meaning.

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Margaret jest nagradzaną technical writerką, nauczycielką i wykładowczynią. Jest znana z tego, że potrafi w prostych słowach pzybliżyć złożone pojęcia techniczne słuchaczom ze świata biznesu. Od dwudziestu lat jej definicje pojęć z dziedziny IT są publikowane przez Que w encyklopedii terminów technologicznych, a także cytowane w artykułach ukazujących się w New York Times, w magazynie Time, USA Today, ZDNet, a także w magazynach PC i Discovery. Margaret dołączyła do zespołu Techopedii w roku 2011. Margaret lubi pomagać znaleźć wspólny język specjalistom ze świata biznesu i IT. W swojej pracy, jak sama mówi, buduje mosty między tymi dwiema domenami, w ten…