People have been using pwned on a lot of youtube videos and i have NO clue what that even means?


Owned is standard English eg Bob owned a nice car (past tense)

pwned is hacker slang originally used in the context of successfully accessing a system eg Bob totally pwned that NASA server. It now (when used by civilians) has a general sense of getting one over on some one quite often by less than legal means.

  • On Internet, you can use either for the same meaning. – Archa Jun 20 '14 at 14:14
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    @Archa I'm pretty sure the Washington Post website (which is part of then internet) you could not write 'pwned' in all the places you might use 'owned'. – DJClayworth Jun 20 '14 at 15:07
  • @Archa actually you can not pwned has a quite different emphasis implying a triumphant or dominating element eg Chile pwned Spain 5-1 – Neuromancer Jun 20 '14 at 16:51

As much as I dislike using Wikipedia as a source...


The word pwn most likely came about as a common typo of the word own because the "p" and "o" keys are adjacent on a standard English keyboard.[6][7]

My gut feeling tells me that this fits the bill

  • Wish I could speak English like you :) – Ali.Rashidi Jun 20 '14 at 14:12
  • I appreciate the compliment, but I fear the purpose of the site prohibits self-inflation of ego. The commentary and answers should be for learning purposes, in the broadest sense, so let's focus on making sure we all improve our English one day at a time, shall we? – Mnescat Jun 20 '14 at 14:20

In the context of the internet and video games, they are similar. Source

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    They don't mean the same. Nobody 'pwns' a house, pet or piece of art. – DJClayworth Jun 20 '14 at 15:27
  • It's in the internet context, but of course, no one pwns a house. – Archa Jun 20 '14 at 15:29

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