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What is the meaning of the part in bold? I couldn't find its meaning in any dictionaries.
O'reilly got owned by David letterman.
Thanks in advance.
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
(1) Thanks for teaching me a new expression.
(2) I had never heard of it (I'm an old man), so -- of course --
I asked "Professor Google."
(3) As you know, Mr. O'Reilly has a television program that
discusses current events. Some people do not like him. And Mr.
Letterman also has a television show late at night. He tells jokes and
has guests. Some don't like him, either. Both gentlemen (if I may be
honest) are often rude and have a big mouth!!!
(4) I remember reading that recently Mr. O'Reilly appeared as a guest
on Mr. Letterman's show. I didn't pay any attention to the story until
I saw your post and consulted "Professor Google."
(5) I learned that "to own someone" = to defeat someone; to make
someone look like a fool (idiot); to embarrass someone.
(6) Some Web sources say that this expression started as a way to
describe hackers getting control of a computer system. (Of course,
I do not know whether that is true: Be very careful what you read on
the Web -- including posts by non-teachers like me.)
(7) Here is an example I read:
Peter got owned by Aunt Clara when he tried to steal her purse.
That is, she did something to embarrass him when he tried to steal
her purse. Maybe she kicked him in the ____.
(8) Therefore, I guess that we can say that Mr. Letterman "defeated"
Mr. O'Reilly. That is, in some way (I did not see the show; this old
man was fast asleep) Mr. Letterman made a fool of Mr. O'Reilly. Both
men have a reputation for embarrassing people. So I guess that when
Mr. O'Reilly agreed to be a guest on Mr. Letterman's show, "everybody"
wanted to know: who was going to "win." Maybe one of my fellow
Americans saw the show and can tell you and me more about the
Current American slang. To be owned is to be humiliated, embarrassed, dominated. And it couldn't happen to a better guy than Bill O'Reilly.
Footnote: Online it is frequently written pwned, q.v. on google, if you care.
Thanks for that link, BC. Interesting. I refrain from commenting on the content - this is a language forum , after all.
My thanks also for the link BC.
To return to language, I'd have to say that O'Reilly did not get owned. Much as I dislike the man, I have to admit he gave as good as he got. That by way of clarifying the meaning of owned.
There is some good current slang in there for people who are interested in that. For example, near the beginning when Letterman says "it's all just a goof" he means that no reasonable person could take Fox News at face value. He means that the only possible explanation for Fox News is that it's all self-satire. (I'm not agreeing with him, just explaining his words.)
Thanks to all of you for your answers and interesting information. To be honest with you I had already seen the show and somehow knew the area of the meaning of the word ''own'' but my mind was vacillating between defeat, embarras, make a fool of, etc. Intersting to see that not all the native speakers know this word. It migt be a cultural gap growing between different generations.
I think language is like a living being. It is always growing up! and as anon native speaker of English I sometimes find it hard to keep up with it.
Tdol, you must be a hardcore republican! just kidding
However I think there is no dispute that he was embarrassed.