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21-07-2010, 17:27
I was just curious as to what others felt about the game being called Warhammer 40 thousand. I have heard it before in a few places, Employees use it to talk about the game in a more formal sense, and more recently on 40k radio.

IMO, using it in a business sense is ok, that is, when talking to people who you want to care about the game but don't expect them to actually play. Investors and such. For the gamers, it is 40k. Those who say 40 thousand too much seem to either not know the game too well, or not feel any real connection to the gaming community.

Wolf 11x
21-07-2010, 17:39
40k all the way!

21-07-2010, 17:43
It was 40,000 when I started playing in the 90's

21-07-2010, 17:45
Er, the game is called Warhammer 40,000, 40K is just a lazy, abbreviated way of saying that. I don't think there's any difference in experience between people who use either phrase.

21-07-2010, 18:12
40k all the way. Why waste my time with those extra sylables?

21-07-2010, 18:25
40k in English. In Norwegian I just refer to it as Warhammer.

21-07-2010, 18:43
40k all the way. Why waste my time with those extra sylables?

FSF. FOF. LRR / LRC. GK. SOB. AP. CWE / DE. CSM. CD. DA. DW. BT. SW. BA. IOK/N/S/Tz/CU. KFF. DOW. DAVU. CTM. MM/HF or AC/HB. FRFSRF. (Geez, even as an acronym that's a mouthful!) T-Fex. ...pfft, IDK. This game is all about acronyms. Why fight it?

21-07-2010, 19:22
Its not an acronym.

21-07-2010, 19:28
I refer to it as 40K when talking to people who know what I am talking about. When talking to people who don't know what it is, I say 40 thousand.

21-07-2010, 19:30


21-07-2010, 19:36
The game has been referred to as 40k since pretty much the get go. Both 40k and 40,000 are acceptable.

ulruk headsplitter
21-07-2010, 20:11
the year 40.000
k stands for kilo kilo=1000
personally i use 40k, it's easier to say.

21-07-2010, 20:37
40k all the way rhymes, so therefore it is the better option straight away.

21-07-2010, 20:49
I say 40K but it was always Warhammer forty thouand in my day. Nothing wrong with either IMO.

21-07-2010, 23:44
40k. 'Twas how we said it in 1988 and is how we still refer to it.

OTOH, Mandollies if I'm with like-minded peeps.

22-07-2010, 04:08
40K. I am lazy.

22-07-2010, 04:36
How about Spacehammer? :P

Tbh I am getting tired of saying and writing 40K.

22-07-2010, 04:43
Warhammer. That is all.

22-07-2010, 09:44
40k (note, not 40K!!). Also: Mandollies, Warhammer (fantasy and/or 40k), Plasti-crack, Beerhammer, etc.

Regardless of friends who play or friends/wife who don't play.

22-07-2010, 09:56
40K. I am lazy.

Yes you are, since capital K stands for degrees Kelvin :)

But 40k all the way :)

22-07-2010, 10:12
and more recently on 40k radio.

I heard that show - it really jumped out at me when the one guy would say "forty thousand" every time. I don't think I've ever heard anyone refer to it as anything but "40K".

22-07-2010, 10:29
Who cares?

Does it really matter what we call it. Its not going to make any difference in the greater scheme.

22-07-2010, 20:26
I just call it 'hammer.

The Decayed
22-07-2010, 20:42
40k all the way!
I got to know it as 40k when I first stumbled across it, and never actually thought of calling it 40.000.
To my friends who know what I'm rambling on about, I call it warhammer, but then use the word "warhammer" as a verb. -> "Let's go warhammering!"

This sometimes confuses other people though, as I actually own a big medieval style "warhammer" with a big hammerhead on the front and a spike on the back. So some people think I mean to smash old furniture when I say that...

22-07-2010, 21:10
40k. Just like it's UT 2k4. It's what a scientific education does to a man's brain.

Or 'een potje pupkes schuiven' in Dutch.

22-07-2010, 21:16
40k is the way. But amongst friends we often just say warhammer or 40k. But since we are starting slowly getting into fantasy this might change, or we just say fantasy for fantasy and stay with the old way for 40k ^^

22-07-2010, 21:24
It's both.


23-07-2010, 11:21
Oddly enough I normally write W40k, but say Warhammer 40,000 or just 40,000. Having said that i don't think the saying comes up so much as I am one of those people who generally go to a shop pick up what I want and take it to the till, bu which time it is obviouis what I am buying and does not need to be discussed.

26-07-2010, 08:31
i think it sounds better when you say 40k

26-07-2010, 08:35
I wish I had time to ponder such things as this..... wow......

26-07-2010, 09:06
**** the bed trooper!!! you really have nothing better to worry about??

26-07-2010, 14:06
40K, sounds nice and is more widely used it seems.

26-07-2010, 14:24
No option for Death Dollies or 4+k.

Warmaster Bill
05-08-2010, 02:08
40k all the way. solely for the rhyming

05-08-2010, 03:13
Wait! 40K radio?! :wtf::wtf::wtf:

05-08-2010, 09:40
I tend to be in the middle - "Warhammer 40k"
As opposed to just "40k" or the long winded "Warhammer forty-thousand"

05-08-2010, 11:58
Rick Priestley referred to it as 40K, pretty much from first release. Even called it Warty-K at least once. In the 80s using 'K' as an abbreviation for thousand was cool and hip, as home computing was still a novelty, so talking about 256K or 640K was in the realm of geekdom. It naturally transferred to Warhammer 40,000.
I don't care either way, but I do usually say/write 40K.

My wife says "little toy soldiers".

05-08-2010, 12:04
30k is the way.

05-08-2010, 17:41
Tbh I am getting tired of saying and writing 40K.

Stop talking and writing about 40k then? Or just use some other word. :rolleyes:

30k is the way.

One could argue that it's the way of people who like to add clear heroes and more explosions to things. :angel:

Is this thread really about how a bunch of people refers to warhammer 40,000? Why...?

05-08-2010, 18:24
40k here on Warseer but with my friends we use 40 thousand.

Kroot Lord
05-08-2010, 18:42
the year 40.000
k stands for kilo kilo=1000
personally i use 40k, it's easier to say.

Not completely sure, but isn't it:

"kg" stands for 1 kilogram, which consists of a thousand grams, ie: 1000=kilo.

05-08-2010, 19:16
Forty grand!

05-08-2010, 19:54
I usually say 40k, but either is fine.