Date: 4/22/2009
Pown! Saint Michael owns the Devil

I can haz long spear?

"In art St. Michael is represented as an angelic warrior, fully armed with helmet, sword, and shield (often the shield bears the Latin inscription: Quis ut Deus), standing over the dragon, whom he sometimes pierces with a lance." Read more on this great archangel's life on the Catholic Encyclopedia.

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.


spell that "pwn" to be really lolcatty.

I feel so goofy... what words is PWN supposed to be? it's the only one I can never figure out...

Looking around the Internet, and especially looking at the lolcat sites, "pwn" is a sort of combination "gotcha" and "pounce" and "I own you!" Its nature is sudden and complete.

I think it came from computer slang.

The term evidently comes out of the first-person-shooter culture. This is an EXTREMELY competitive group of people. I am told that l33t-sp34k developed in no small part so that others would waste time trying to figure out what was being said, instead of running, jumping, targeting, and shooting.

The original sentiment is evidently something like, "You stupid noob, I totally own your @** on this field of battle!" Eventually it shortened to "pwnd!!!!"

The term "pwn" in the first-person shooter culture actually arose because the one typing it did not want to devote too much time to proper spelling and typographical accuracy, which would compromise his play.

Chat boxes in those came are played out in real time, and often prevent the person typing from controlling their character (since the play controls are normal letters and numbers on the keyboard). Therefore, in order to minimise the time in which their own character is incapacitated, they have to type extremely quickly - we all know that this leads to errors. P is right beside O on the keyboard, and zero is just above it.

pwn = power own

you guys rock. and i feel even stupider that *I* didn't think to google it. derrrrrr.

you were pwned by your readership.

Who would've thought such a simple image would carry so much weight with but one word?