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January 20, 2011 5:36 PM   Subscribe

How, if at all, does one pronounce "pwned"?

Is there a correct pronunciation of pwned? One of my work chums once used it in a sentence, pronouncing it something like PEW-ned. I always thought pwned was meant only to be read, not spoken. Or, pronounced something like "pawned."

What's the consensus on this?
posted by orrnyereg to Writing & Language (36 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
 
I heard someone say "poned", as in "rhymes with boned".
posted by amethysts at 5:37 PM on January 20, 2011 [31 favorites]


Every time I've heard it it's been like "owned" with a p in front.
posted by katemonster at 5:37 PM on January 20, 2011


Ditto what they said. I've always heard it pronounced "poned."
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 5:38 PM on January 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


I always have thought of it like "owned" with a "d," so powned. It always makes me think of corn pone. I am far from a definitive sample, however.
posted by Juliet Banana at 5:38 PM on January 20, 2011


It originates from a misspelling of 'owned,' so I've always pronounced it as p+owned, thus "poned" as other answers have suggested.
posted by Hargrimm at 5:40 PM on January 20, 2011


I always thought pwned was meant only to be read, not spoken.

Definitely not! It is meant to be thrown in the face of the n00bs you have pwned, preferably with a volley of expletives and/or grenades.

And yes, "powned" as in "owned."
posted by Admiral Haddock at 5:41 PM on January 20, 2011


"poned".

Without a vowel between the p and the w, it would just be a muffled "pnnd" sound. Or perhaps "pwuned" with an understood vowel after the n. Neither of which would be recognizable to the listener.

Some pedants may argue it should be pronounced "owned", just like owned is, but then the listener would miss the allusion.
posted by Xoebe at 5:46 PM on January 20, 2011


I once heard a coworker pronounce it 'pee-wand,' only to have PONED! shouted at him by the rest of the coworkers, in unison.
posted by jamaro at 5:47 PM on January 20, 2011 [24 favorites]


pwned like phoned like boned like moaned.

As an aside, lol like roll like hole like goal.
posted by Mizu at 5:50 PM on January 20, 2011 [2 favorites]


"pwned" rhymes with "phoned" but "lol" rhymes with "ball" in my lectionary.
posted by Sidhedevil at 5:54 PM on January 20, 2011 [4 favorites]


In this clip, you can hear HuskyStarcraft pronounce the word in rap form (shortly after the 2min mark):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzMhh8zhTiY
posted by chmmr at 5:54 PM on January 20, 2011


Pwned like boned like owned.

As an aside, lol like roll like hole like goal.

Lol like lawl like ball like call.
posted by Mister Fabulous at 5:54 PM on January 20, 2011 [10 favorites]


I have never heard anyone ever say "LOL" like "roll." LAWL.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 5:57 PM on January 20, 2011


"Poned", rhymes with "owned" since that's its etymology. I actually spell it "poned" as well, but that's neither here nor there.
posted by tetralix at 5:58 PM on January 20, 2011


Stick a "p" in front of "owned" -- that's how it's pronounced. It's a typo that turned into gamer talk that turned into internet geek talk, and yes, it can and should be pronounced out loud.
posted by J. Wilson at 6:06 PM on January 20, 2011


Owned.
posted by fixedgear at 6:17 PM on January 20, 2011


pwned like phoned like boned like moaned.

As an aside, lol like roll like hole like goal.


That is how we pronounce both pnwed and lol in our household. Our pronunciation of 'lol' stems from 'lulz'.
posted by lilac girl at 6:18 PM on January 20, 2011


I was roommates with a top instance mage and a top PvP rogue on one of the larger WoW servers. It's "poned." Last I knew it had become pwn which would be pronounced the same.

And lol is "loal?" What? No. I've never heard that and "lawl" is common usage now.
posted by cmoj at 6:43 PM on January 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


I like to give it the proper Welsh pronunciation, so it comes out "pooned".
posted by The otter lady at 6:47 PM on January 20, 2011 [4 favorites]


If it weren't for my amazing holy paladin, my guy's mage would have been "powned" in that battleground tonight.

Lawl, newb.
posted by ladygypsy at 6:48 PM on January 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


If it wasn't "powned" it wouldn't make sense to have pwnies.
posted by mendel at 6:54 PM on January 20, 2011 [3 favorites]


Well, Strong Bad pronounces it "Pah-owned," and I doubt we'll get a more definitive answer than that.
posted by digitalprimate at 7:04 PM on January 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


"pownered" is an acceptable variant where I live.
posted by Camofrog at 7:09 PM on January 20, 2011


I say "owned" and "ell oh ell," but I also have an almost irresistible urge to say "URL" like "earl,' and I take pride in being able to recite Slashdot's full address at top speed, so.
posted by SMPA at 7:19 PM on January 20, 2011


In my head, I read it as "pee-owned".
posted by orthogonality at 7:34 PM on January 20, 2011


Pawnd. Like owned, and porn, and pawn combined. Those last two don't really sound the same with an American accent, though.

Lol, like poll.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 8:01 PM on January 20, 2011


Pure Pwnage is pronounced "Pure Ownage".

^ The word "pwnage" can be pronounced several different ways. The show's creators pronounce it "ownage". Jeremy justifies this pronunciation with the following statements: "When people say /ˈpoʊn/, they sound like a complete *****, and I'm not cool with being a *****, so I pronounce it /ˈoʊn/." "'Pwn' was originally a typo of 'own', because the 'P' is near the 'O' on the keyboard. The person is still trying to say 'own'." [TeamSpeak chat, December 13, 2005].

No matter what slanderous words he sullies his comments with, the fact stands: the QWERTY keyboard places o beside p, and the person still meant "owned"
posted by Khazk at 8:09 PM on January 20, 2011


Poned (at about 1:13).
posted by Lexica at 8:19 PM on January 20, 2011


I came in here to post what Lexica already did.
PWNED
posted by The Biggest Dreamer at 9:24 PM on January 20, 2011


Forever powned.

I'm interested in the placement of your GG, however — pre or post pwnage? Myself, I favor a somewhat subvocalized terminal GG, a la "PONED! (guh-guh)" but ymmv.
posted by mumkin at 9:31 PM on January 20, 2011


In my mind it sounds like 'peened' and conjures the image of someone getting hit with a tiny hammer.

But please do the world a favor and never ever say 'pwned' out loud.
posted by kjell at 10:06 PM on January 20, 2011


Well, there's this, which captures a particular segment of Counter Strike players pretty well and says "pooned," but I'm with everyone else that says "powned."
posted by msbrauer at 10:49 PM on January 20, 2011


I know perfectly well that logically it should be 'poned' but that doesn't stop me pronouncing it 'pawned' inside my head.
posted by lwb at 3:26 AM on January 21, 2011


[OP did not ask how to pronounce lol. Thanks.]
posted by jessamyn at 6:52 AM on January 21, 2011


I usually hear "pwned" pronounced "powned" (rhymes with "phoned"), as others have said. Sometimes people always pronounce it "owned", as if their brain ignored the apparent type and thought the "p" actually was an "o".

A few years back I also heard this pronounced "pawned" from time to time, and sometimes written "pwnd" with no vowels. I haven't heard this in the last 3-4 years though.
posted by Vorteks at 11:41 AM on January 21, 2011


Sometimes people always = sometimes people also
posted by Vorteks at 11:46 AM on January 21, 2011


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