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#1 Moose

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Posted 15 September 2007 - 02:01 PM

Here’s the place where you can ask for help with the meanings of acronyms, slang, etc. found in Meg Cabot’s books.

Everyone is free to ask, answer, and add on.

I’ll start with acronyms that may be used for Meg’s books:
PD - The Princess Diaries
AAG - All-American Girl
RON - Ready or Not
TI - Teen Idol
H2BP - How to Be Popular
POF - Pants on Fire
AH - Avalon High
BND - The Boy Next Door
BMG - Boy Meets Girl
EBGO - Every Boy’s Got One
SWATW - She Went All the Way
QOB - Queen of Babble

If you don't understand a phrase in one of Meg’s books, please post the specific book title and page if you can. This makes it easier for somebody to help you.

Thanks to Logan1949 for the idea.

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Posted 17 September 2007 - 06:05 AM

Great idea.

S12INF - Size 12 is not Fat
S14INFE - Size 14 is not fat either.


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Posted 17 September 2007 - 10:02 AM

^^^Also, some people just shorten it to just Size 12 or Size 14.
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Posted 21 September 2007 - 04:44 PM

Princess Diaries volume 4
Princess in Waiting

what does 19 DSLSM
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#5 Moose

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Posted 21 September 2007 - 09:05 PM

That's 19 days since last saw Michael.
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Posted 22 September 2007 - 01:25 PM

Acronyms. Yes, I know that some of these seem too simple, but some of Meg’s readers are ESL (English as a Second Language) students, or may not have grown up in the U.S.

From Size 12 is not Fat --- (* used in more Meg Cabot books)


* CD - Compact Disk (usually with recorded music on it.)

NYU - New York University, New York College.

NYPD - New York Police Department.

BA - Bachelor of Arts degree (usually received after the first four years of college.)

* ID - Identification (card).

Preppie - 1) A person rich enough to have gone to a private, college preparatory school (like John Adams Preparatory School in “All American Girl”) instead of a public high school. 2) Someone seriously interested in education and career instead of in having fun and partying. 3) Someone who dresses like a preppie, either in a uniform or in clothes from (e.g.) Abercrombie & Fitch.

[e.g. - exempli gratia (Latin for “for example”) not in Meg’s books?]

RA - Residence Assistant, or Resident Assistant.

GA - Graduate Assistant

* TV - Television

* caf - cafeteria (where meals are served to the students.)

* MTV2 - Music Television #2, a cable channel which shows Music Videos. (after MTV drifted off into soap opera land.)

24/7 - (pronounced “twenty-four, seven) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (on, all the time)

VH1 - Video Hits 1, an American Cable TV channel that favored lighter Music Videos than its sister channel, MTV.

AWOL - (pronounced A-wall) Away WithOut Leave, a military acronym for which you may be arrested. (If you are in the military and are also AWOL.)

* BMW - Bavarian Motor Works, an expensive German car.

ASPCA - American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. (the dog pound)

DVD - Digital Video Disk (usually with a movie on it.)

EMS - Emergency Medical Service (ambulance)

[EMT - Emergency Medical Technician. Not in Meg Cabot’s books?]

ER - Emergency Room (at the hospital)

SAT - Scholastic Aptitude Test (required to apply for admission to college)

LSAT - the Language part of the SAT.

SIS - Student Information System.

S.O.S. - Save Our Ship (an international distress code)

From “All American Girl” ---

D.C. - District of Columbia, or Washington, or Washington D.C., the capitol of the United States (on the east coast in the state of Maryland. Not to be confused with the State of Washington and the Columbia River which are on the west coast of the U.S.)

FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation.

CNN - Cable News Network.

MSNBC - the National Broadcasting Company on MicroSoft Network. A news outlet.

UN - United Nations

SUV - Sport Utility Vehicle, a large, boxy car with heavy gasoline consumption.

From “How to be Popular” ---

AP - Advanced Placement. A college level class taken in high school.

ATM - Automatic Teller Machine. It dispenses cash from one’s bank account.

PDA - Public Display of Affection. Usually kissing, but may be something as simple as holding hands in a private religious school (like the one in the Mediator series).

B.S. - Bull (uh…) feces. Hot air talk or stinking false information. A very crude, and impolite, way of saying you totally disagree with what is being said.

G.I. - General Infantry. A foot soldier, not a Sergeant and not an officer.

A.M. - Ante Meridian. Before noon, that is, morning.

WPA - Works Progress Administration, later, Works Projects Administration. 1935 - 1943, a government project to hire out-of-work people during the depression, to build public facilities.

SPF - Sun(burn) Protection Factor. A sunscreen rating for blocking Ultra-Violet (UVA, UVB) rays.

NCAA - National Collegiate Athletic Association. An organization that divides colleges and universities into Divisions and Conferences, to better match sports teams with other teams of similar abilities. (And to promote games on television to raise a lot of money.)

the Y - 1) YMCA or YWCA. Young Men’s (or Women’s) Christian Association. Usually a community center with sports facilities and (sometimes) rooms to rent. Like a youth hostel. 2) A fork in the road, shaped like a Y, not like a +.

TMI - Too Much Information. Telling too much.

645Ci - The model of Lauren Moffet’s BMW convertible.

the B - Jason’s BMW, a 1974 2002tii.

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Posted 23 September 2007 - 12:35 PM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but shouldn't:

LSAT - the Language part of the SAT.


be Law School Admission Test?

That's what I thought.

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#8 Logan1949

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Posted 23 September 2007 - 05:14 PM

I think you are correct. Thank you. (I should have looked it up.)
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Posted 09 October 2007 - 05:39 PM

Thanks, that really helped!:)

and i never knew that's what BMW stood for...!
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Posted 15 November 2007 - 03:46 PM

Hey, you know in the 1800-WHERE-are-U series, Jess calls Rob nimrod. What is that?

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 06:12 PM

^^^It's a word that's in a similar vein to stupid. Urban Dictionary says "A slow-witted person."
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#12 Logan1949

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 09:49 PM

From Merriam-Webster online dictionary ---
1: a descendant of Ham represented in Genesis as a mighty hunter and a king of Shinar.
2: not capitalized : HUNTER
3: not capitalized slang : IDIOT, JERK


From the American Heritage dictionary of the English language.
1. also Nimrod A hunter.
2. Informal A person regarded as silly, foolish, or stupid.
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[After Nimrod. Sense 2, probably from the phrase "poor little Nimrod," used by the cartoon character Bugs Bunny to mock the hapless hunter Elmer Fudd.]


I always thought it was used on someone who only thinks they are great, but really they aren't.
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Posted 29 December 2007 - 12:18 AM

Wow.

That's a great help.
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Posted 04 January 2008 - 12:00 PM

IN H2BP there was t-day and d-day like 2 days until d-day and stuff. does anyone know what it means?

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#15 Beautifully Intended

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 12:17 PM

T-minus 10 minutes and counting is generally something used in rocket launches or other scientific stuff. T just means time, and then whatever time comes afterward (in my example, 10 minutes) means that there's ten minutes until the event occurs.

D-day is when the event actually occurs, so if there's "2 days until D-day", that means that there's 2 days until whatever event is happening 2 days from now.

I really hope that all made sense. Because to me, it's hard to explain it as it just seems like common sense. It's one of those things I've learned, accepted, and then forgotten the reasoning behind. lol. I looked up this stuff on wikipedia to make sure I got it right.
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#16 Logan1949

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 01:13 AM

Acronyms. Yes, I know that some of these seem too simple, but some of Meg’s readers are ESL (English as a Second Language) students, or may not have grown up in the U.S.

From Airhead --- (* used in more Meg Cabot books)


Surreptitiously --- Stealthily or Secretly.

Emerson --- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American Poet and Essayist.

UCLA --- University of California, Los Angeles.

Je ne sais quoi --- literally, "I don't know what" meaning "a certain something".

TAHS --- Tribeca Alternative High School.

*NYU --- New York University.

E.L.F --- Environmental Liberation Front.

*CD --- Compact Disc (stores music or data).

*DVD --- Digital Video Disc or Digital Versatile Disc (stores movies or data).

SoHo --- South of Houston St., a neighborhood in Manhattan, NY City.

NoHo --- North of Houston St., a neighborhood in Manhattan, NY City.

W.D. --- Walking Dead (zombies)

Platonic --- from Plato, an ancient Greek philosopher. Relating to the mind and not the body. A non-romantic, non-sexual friendship.

Tween --- beTWEEN childhood and High School age. A pre-teen marketing group.

F.O.N. --- Friend Of Nikki.

F.F.B.F. --- Famous [only] For Being Famous.

Celebutante --- Celebrity + Debutante.

Sidekick --- A handheld electronic device with cell phone, IM, email and Internet access.

PE --- Physical Education [exercise] class.

Café-au-lait --- "Coffee with Milk" (French).

*TV --- Television

MIA --- Missing In Action. A military term like POW (Prisoner of War).

Wi-Fi --- Wireless Home Computer Networks.

Stilettos --- from stiletto, a small dagger with a slender tapering blade. Stilettos are shoes with high, thin and pointy heels, also called "spiked heels."

Tout de suite --- At once, or Right Away. (French)

Skechers --- A brand of shoes emphasizing comfort over looks, with low, rubber soles.

Al Qaeda --- The Sunni Islamic terrorist organization that masterminded the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York City, killing over 3000 people.

Scientologists --- Followers of the Church of Scientology which is sometimes called a cult.

*BS --- Bull [feces], meaning totally false information.

*CNN --- Cable News Network.

MTV --- Music Television network, now Viacom Satellite Broadcasting.

UPS --- United Parcel Service, a package delivery company.

CEO --- Chief Executive Officer, usually the president of a company.

JV --- Junior Varsity.

ETA --- Estimated Time of Arrival.

Red Bull --- A brand of energy drink containing sugar, vitamins and caffeine.

Whippet --- a breed of thin dogs that look like small greyhounds.

PR --- Public Relations

P.D.A. --- Personal Digital Assistant. A small, handheld computer, like a Blackberry.

Lame' --- as in gold lame'. A shiny metallic-looking material.

DJ --- Disc Jockey, the guy playing the music for a party.

*caf --- cafeteria.

TA --- Teaching Assistant, or Teacher's Aide.

NFL --- National Football League. (American Football, not Soccer).

IMed --- IM = Instant Message, or Text Message (on a cell phone).

e-mail --- Electronic Mail. Notes and messages sent over the Internet.

RPG --- Role Playing Game

Dot --- a period (.)

Dot EDU --- .edu, the tag on the end of an Educational Internet address.

"Well, Toto. I guess we're not in Kansas anymore." --- from "The Wizard of OZ," the book? The 1939 movie starring Judy Garland, has Dorothy saying to her dog: "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore… We must be over the rainbow."

Enjoy Airhead, Logan
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Posted 22 June 2008 - 11:27 AM

From Airhead --- (I missed this one)

TMZ --- literally, "Thirty Mile Zone" (around Hollywood, outside of which a shoot is considered "on location" and union members get paid more for working there.) But in this reference --- Google: "TMZ.com - Your official site for the latest entertainment news …"
Wikipedia: "TMZ on TV (referred to on-air as just TMZ) is a syndicated entertainment and gossip news television show [based on the WEB site] that premiered on September 10, 2007."
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#18 Logan1949

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 02:14 AM

OK. I give up. What's an IZOD?

This shows up in several of Meg Cabot's books (e.g. "Missing You" and "Airhead"), but all I can figure out is, it is some kind of top, sometimes worn with slacks.

The internet just tells me it is the name of (or corporate sponsor for?) a sports arena in New York.
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Posted 04 August 2008 - 10:40 AM

It's the name of a company who makes jackets and possibly other clothing items, but the only IZOD thing I have is a jacket.

Here's the wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Izod
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Posted 27 October 2008 - 07:22 AM

Wow this is so handy! Thanks!
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 10:37 PM

Size 12 is Not Fat
page 265

"Kid's three hours away by LIE." What does LIE mean?


Size 12 is Not Fat
page 289

"........... that I might do myself harm on the LIRR." What does LIRR mean?
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 11:07 PM

Size 12 is Not Fat
page 265

"Kid's three hours away by LIE." What does LIE mean?


Size 12 is Not Fat
page 289

"......... that I might do myself harm on the LIRR." What does LIRR mean?
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Posted 12 November 2008 - 01:27 PM

^^^LIE= Long Island Expressway
LIRR= Long Island Rail Road


I just googled both of these, and that's what came up. Those are probably the correct answers since Size 12 takes place in New York.
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#24 Jesse'sBaby

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 04:50 PM

What are some from Mediator?
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Posted 15 November 2008 - 11:25 AM

What does B.S. stand for? In H2BP...Airhead and i forgot the other one....


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Posted 15 November 2008 - 12:51 PM

Jesse'sBaby- What do you mean? If there's something you don't understand in the Mediator series, post it here and we'll help you figure it out.

Izzie- BS stands for bulls.hit which basically means calling someone out on their lie.
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Posted 15 November 2008 - 07:27 PM

Size 12 is Not Fat
page 265

"Kid's three hours away by LIE." What does LIE mean?


Size 12 is Not Fat
page 289


"............. that I might ddo myself harmon the LIRR." What does LIRR mean?
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Posted 15 November 2008 - 07:31 PM

Size 12 is Not Fat
page 265

"Kid's three hours away by LIE." What does LIE mean?


Size 12 is Not Fat
page 289


"............. that I might ddo myself harmon the LIRR." What does LIRR mean?



Sorry. I didn't mean to post this a third time. Could someone please delete this post? Please and thank you.
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Posted 16 November 2008 - 01:04 PM

Jesse'sBaby- What do you mean? If there's something you don't understand in the Mediator series, post it here and we'll help you figure it out.

Izzie- BS stands for bulls.hit which basically means calling someone out on their lie.



Yay! Now I know!!! I'm so happy.....


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Posted 04 December 2009 - 01:58 AM

Here’s the place where you can ask for help with the meanings of acronyms, slang, etc. found in Meg Cabot’s books.

Everyone is free to ask, answer, and add on.

I’ll start with acronyms that may be used for Meg’s books:
PD - The Princess Diaries
AAG - All-American Girl
RON - Ready or Not
TI - Teen Idol
H2BP - How to Be Popular
POF - Pants on Fire
AH - Avalon High
BND - The Boy Next Door
BMG - Boy Meets Girl
EBGO - Every Boy’s Got One
SWATW - She Went All the Way
QOB - Queen of Babble

If you don't understand a phrase in one of Meg’s books, please post the specific book title and page if you can. This makes it easier for somebody to help you.

Thanks to Logan1949 for the idea.


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Posted 09 January 2010 - 09:38 AM

"Well, Toto. I guess we're not in Kansas anymore." --- from "The Wizard of OZ," the book? The 1939 movie starring Judy Garland, has Dorothy saying to her dog: "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore… We must be over the rainbow."


Having finally read Frank L. Baum's book, "The Wizard of Oz", This quote, "... Toto ... we're not in Kansas anymore," does not appear in it anywhere. The phrase comes from the movie, and has become a commonly understood part of the American language. It means we are definitely not at home any more, but maybe we are in the "Twilight Zone", or outer space, or in someplace very foreign to what we knew before.

Also, the book was written for children. It is short and simple. And it does not have the psychological filler which was inserted into the movie. That is, the mean old lady who wants to get rid of her dog who becomes the witch, the three hired hands who become the scarecrow, tin man and the cowardly lion, and the traveling fortune teller who becomes the wizard. And the whole thing being like a dream at the end (because the house is still in Kansas.)

Instead, in the book the house is truly carried away (in the air for hours & hours ?) and when Dorothy comes back, she comes back on her own two feet (thanks to the "silver" shoes, not the "ruby" slippers) and the old house is totally gone. The movie is just another example of how Hollywood can remake something into something else, both better (the song "Over the Rainbow") and worse ("It was only a dream.")
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Posted 20 January 2010 - 04:46 PM

Hi!!! I'm currently reading 1-800-where-r-you series and as my first language is not English, I'm having some troble in understanding some expressions from the book "Sanctuary". Can you please write more definitions?
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#33 Logan1949

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Posted 08 February 2010 - 12:34 AM

From Sanctuary (1-800-Where-R-You)
Mostly from Chapter 1. Later Chapters seemed to have far fewer words that might need to be explained.


off – kill, as in “What was I supposed to do, just sit back and let him off my friends?”

bummed – California slang for feeling bad about something.

Anorexia – an “eating” disorder. Anorexics continue to think they are still fat while they starve to themselves to death.

Perps - perpetrators.

Reefer – A hand-rolled “cigarette” filled with marijuana.

EMTs – Emergency Medical Technicians.

“Stop and Shop” - the name of the local grocery store.

Pheromone – “A chemical secreted by an animal, especially an insect, that influences the behaviour or development of others of the same species.” www.answers.com (e.g. makes them sexually attractive).

diff – difference, as is in “big diff” sarcastically meaning there is little or no difference.

dingo – a wild dog of Australia. And yes, they have been known to sneak into tents and carry off babies or little children and eat them. Also, “dingos ate my baby” is (or was) the name of a band.

mi casa es su casa – Spanish for “my house is your house,” meaning, “come in and make yourself at home.”

lingo – (slang) the unique language used by a subgroup of a culture.

N word – nig_ger – “(ethnic slur) extremely offensive name for a black person; 'Only a Black can call another Black a nigga'” wordnet.web.princeton.edu

D word – dy_ke (or butch) “offensive term for a lesbian who is noticably masculine.” wordnet.web.princeton.edu

K word – kike – “(ethnic slur) offensive term for a Jew.” wordnet.web.princeton.edu

P.S. If you know what the word is, you can type it into Google's search engine followed by the word “definition” and you will get a list of several definitions for that word.

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Posted 08 February 2010 - 12:46 AM

P.S. The underscores are because these words are so "bad" that the filters on this web site will not let you type them in. Instead, they come out as: *^%$$%^^ and ^%#$.
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Posted 08 February 2010 - 12:54 AM

P.S. The underscores are because these words are so "bad" that the filters on this web site will not let you type them in. Instead, they come out as: *^%$$%^^ and ^%#$.
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P.P.S.
The "N word," "D word" and "K word" is the language of hate. People have literally been killed (and continue to be killed) for using these words, and others like them, in the wrong place at the wrong time. Meg Cabot had a good reason for not printing them in her book, so please don't use them.
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Posted 09 February 2010 - 11:20 AM

Thanks, Logan!!! This list really helps me!!
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Posted 07 June 2010 - 12:45 PM

in h2bp what did jason mean by
" 'you don't want to spit where you eat do you?'
only he didn't say spit"

ty!!!!

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#38 Logan1949

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 01:56 AM

I suspect he replaced the "p" with an "h", meaning you don't use the dinner table as a toilet.
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 04:37 PM

Is there any abbrivation for airhead, beingnikki or runaway??
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Posted 23 April 2011 - 09:51 PM

Is there any abbrivation for airhead, beingnikki or runaway??

Not that I know of. But I would vote for: AH for AirHead, BN for Being Nikki, and RA for RunAway.
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 01:09 AM

Hi guys in airhead there was the word pwned. Does anyone know what that means?
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:11 PM

^^^It means that you've been "owned", as in taken down, usually by a verbal retort. "pwned" came out of internet speak. You can read about it here- http://www.urbandict....php?term=pwned
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