The term gotem
is a slang term rapidly increasing in popularity amongst Florida
high school students.
The center of this new verbal activity is undoubtedly from Eastside High School in Gainesville
, FL. "Gotem" was derived from the not uncommon saying, "Got them." The word then transitioned to "Got'em
," and now finally, to "gotem
". There is much controversy over the originator of this term, but few doubt that a one Bei He played a critical role in its beginnings and initial spread. The term is also thought to be related to the card game, Texas Hold'em, due primarily to the two words' similar structure.
When one is particularly excited it has become customary to shout "GOTEM" as loudly as possible, this is generally followed by echoes of gradually shrinking magnitude. It is also used when a person has pulled off a particularly impressive feat, either by the person themselves or any witnesses to the event. "Gotem" is beginning to be used as a greeting as well.