Ok, fair warning, the following is super geeky. Ready? I have never really been convinced of the consonantness of the letter W. I feel it has the same kind of acy-ducy, play-for-both-teams kinda' thing going on as does the letter Y. (There is a word for these kinds of consonants, they are called approximants or semivowels) I was scanning through the Picture Wars thread and saw the repeated use of the word pwn(ed). Now, many may very well argue whether this word is valid or not, but under the umbrella of applied linguistics, the only test the word needs to pass is whether there is a consensus of agreement on the word's meaning. If there is, then word. I offer the following as evidence of consensus of meaning: Pwn In the word pwn and its derivatives, pwned, pwnage, etc., there can be no doubt that the letter W is serving as a vowel. So, what is it W? Consonant or vowel, or are you going to hang with Y and not decide? It's 2009, bro. Time to come out of the alphabetical closet.