(pronounced: p'ownt, pwynt, pinnt)
Firstly, it is intentionally misspelled and is considered online slang for "owned." Origins actually stem from owned, ownage, ownt. The character "o" is next to the character "p" on the keyboard. It was formed when some anonymous original party accidentally hit the "p" for the word "OWNED."
It has the exact same meaning as the verb to own. The two words and their derivatives can be used interchangeably.
1. When a player is severely beaten by another player or party of players, in a game.
2. An expletive about a situation where something painful, embarassing, or bad happens to someone in real life.
The main dispute with this word is its pronunciation. It is originally believed that the "p" is an accident and therefore not pronounced. However, several pronunciations have become accepted: p'ownt, pwynt, pinnt, etc., for example:
1. Gamer 1: I just killed your entire group and won the game.
Gamer 2: You pwnt us all...
2. Oh my God, did you see that guy get hit by that car? He was pwnt!
Online jargon, also known as text message shorthand, used primarily in texting, online chat, instant messaging, email, blogs, and newsgroup postings, it is spelled in all lowercase because it's also considered a form of leetspeak.
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