If you have a young teenager you might be familiar with the term PWNED! (pronounced poand) When my daughter uses it - often - it usually indicates that she has bettered her mother in argument, or so she thinks. Inject a note of triumph and a pointing finger and you get the general idea. But last night the cry of PWNED! was directed at the telly, as she watched me watch FMQs. She hasn't quite got to grips with rates revaluations yet, but still reckoned that Lewis MacDonald, Mary Scanlan and Jackie Baillie were well and truly PWNED! by Alex Salmond.
A consultation in the ever-useful Urban Dictionary reveals that PWNED! has its origins in the popular computer game called Warcraft. This, I admit, is bad news for those who lament the adversarial, macho nature of political discourse today. Anyway, the game's map designer once misspelled "owned." So when the computer beat a player, it was supposed to say you've been "owned." Instead, it said you've been "pwned." Somehow, it caught on, being considered more emphatic than the tamer "owned".
Urban dictionary says it means: "dominated by an opponent or situation, especially by some god-like or computer-like force."
Bloomin' Eck! We'd better not tell him...