What Does It Mean To Be Pwned?

by Conor Friedersdorf

Urban Dictionary's definition: "...to be dominated by an opponent." It's something we've all witnessed, whether in schoolyard fights or poker hands decided by a masterful bluff or a sick crossover on the basketball court. In the blogosphere, the most juvenile writers think they've pwned you if they mock your name (I'm looking at you, Mark Levin). Others imagine that rhetorical excess is the way to impressive victory.

These people are either incapable of articulating a devastating argument, or don't even understand what one is. Perhaps it's understandable. One doesn't see them very often. But shouldn't Urban Dictonary hyperlink as an example of pwning this post by Will Wilkinson? My goodness. Remind me never to cross him.