Leetspeak, aka L33t

leet, leetspeak, 1337

You’re texting, or reading comments on a blog. Suddenly your eyes go bananas. Someone has used a combination of strange numbers and symbols to spell out words, but in an awkward, semi-coherent manner. This bizarre take on the English alphabet began in the early days of the Internet and jumped over to the world of SMS (short message service, the common system used for sending text messages.) Here’s some background on this orthographic weirdness, which will appear in standard characters from here on out, we promise.

(What is it called when you can surprisingly read scrambled words? Find out here.)

Leet, or L33t, or Leetspeak, was once short for “elite.” Theories abound for why it is called “elite,” but most explanations trace the origin to the days of bulletin board systems (how geeks communicated on computers prior to the World Wide Web.) Elite users had access to special files, and using this alternate text system may have helped people hack into these restricted zones. Another theory claims that Leetspeak evolved simply out of the desire of computer users to show how clever and exclusive they could be.

The method behind Leetspeak replaces typical Latin-based letters for combinations of ASCII characters (the standard code for text and symbols on a computer.) For example, 3 replaces E, and |-| replaces H. The process is time-consuming and silly, but Internet culture often thrives in counterintuitive ways.

We must mention that the arrangement of the letters of the keyboard in front of you is not random. If you don’t know why your keyboard letters start with QWERTY, here’s the answer.

Typical texting language, such as LOL or ROTFL, are the opposite of Leetspeak, as these newcomers to English aren’t intended to obscure but simply to make communication more efficient, a goal that requires that both the sender and receiver of text recognize the intended meaning of the abbreviation. Technically, LOL is an initialism, “a name or term formed from the initial letters of a group of words and pronounced as a separate word.”

Are there other aspects of electronic communication you’d like us to explore? Let us know, below.


  1. RedLeafRenegade -  October 21, 2015 - 6:55 am

    | ______________________
    O======O______________________ >

    Death to Leetspeak
    Destroy anything the opposite of LOL or ROFL

  2. Zippity -  June 18, 2015 - 8:55 am

    Do you see a light flashing?

    “I am 1337 because I can wallbang.

  3. tobuwow.jimdo.com -  September 20, 2014 - 7:21 am

    Thanks for finally talking about >Whaat Is Leetspeak?

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  4. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  December 11, 2013 - 4:39 am


    Stab to Leetspeak!!!

  5. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  December 11, 2013 - 4:34 am

    weirdness!!! Leetspeak is so much harder 2 read! What’s the point?

    @former leet:
    “Jumped the shark”? Really? Really? (I have to say, it is kind of cool tho…)

    Minecraft is awesome!!

  6. randomperson -  October 28, 2013 - 7:37 pm

    n07 4 107 0f 930913 c4n 434d 7l-l1s k1nd 0f s7uff. :)

  7. meknowsthis -  May 3, 2013 - 11:22 am

    meens i like this

  8. Hussein -  April 17, 2013 - 3:20 am

    pointless, sometimes comes in handy, but when ur playing a game, it’s just stupid. most people don’t know this stuff and u’ll probably have to explain everything to them or tell them it doesn’t matter. Anyway …

  9. me -  February 21, 2013 - 6:17 pm


  10. Magdalena -  January 31, 2013 - 7:04 pm


  11. 13che -  January 18, 2013 - 11:53 am

    and i always thought it was just jejemons ..

  12. Will -  December 20, 2012 - 11:04 am

    @Greatbrit Thanks for the Two Ronnies bit. It’s similar to William Steig’s captioned cartoon book “C D B” which begins with two people observing a bee gathering nectar: “C D B?” “D B S A BZ B!”

    In the scene at the grocers, say each letter in a string and listen for a pattern to emerge (like looking at 1337 to see if one emerges). When you get to line 5, it helps to imagine someone in rapture over his favorite breakfast.

    F U N E X (Have you any eggs?)
    S, V F X
    F U N E M
    S, V F M
    Y, I N J M N X
    O I C
    and so on.
    Read more at http://hotword.dictionary.com/texting-leet/#fU2zUBQXXBSYaCTh.99 (link and grocery routine provided by Greatbrit)

  13. Ultrasingaporean -  December 20, 2012 - 12:44 am

    ????????????????????????????WHAT IS 1!X3 7|-|!5???????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  14. former leet -  December 19, 2012 - 7:58 am

    I used Leetspeak in the mid-90s on bulletin boards. It’s jumped the shark now. Once the masses start to use it, it’s not cool anymore. :P

  15. former leet -  December 19, 2012 - 7:57 am

    ROFL and LOL are examples of Noobspeak.

  16. who cares -  December 12, 2012 - 8:06 am

    wow not cool internet: :-$

  17. Mallie Lilortson -  November 24, 2012 - 2:51 pm

    i m supozed 2 b doing homewrk but i am just sAing u shud comnt on sumthing mor intrsting. like slender man videos.

  18. Esperana Hope Place -  November 20, 2012 - 3:49 pm

    To Derpy Hooves
    I was really tired when I wrote that. Sorry! Brohoof?

  19. Mr.OctalolapBLARG -  November 18, 2012 - 2:37 pm

    I’ve been told leet speak came from hackers who hacked places like the whitehouse and wanted to boast but didn’t want other people to know. Heres an example: 1 h4x0rz3d t3h wh1t3h0us3. But then, im not really sure.

  20. ... -  November 14, 2012 - 9:16 pm

    Who deleted my post?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  21. ,,, -  November 14, 2012 - 9:14 pm

    Ubberdubby is a language, and happens to be one of my favs…. its not commonly known though.

  22. ... -  November 14, 2012 - 8:59 pm

    What the falgnog. That may seem like a weird word, my sister made it up, and has yet to claim a meaning. i wonder how many comments are on this page? I am guessing about one million. Well, now there is a million and one.

  23. nyan cat is awesome -  November 13, 2012 - 8:54 pm

    wl-l47 D035 LMFO m34n? 4L50, 7l-l!5 !5 4w350m3!!!

  24. Lexie -  November 12, 2012 - 6:24 am

    cool and what does it mean

  25. David -  November 10, 2012 - 12:10 pm

    My first run-in with 1337speak was in the high days of Ultima Online. This was a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) where you could, among other things, fight other players. People who did this uninvited and unprovoked were called Player Killers (PKs). Because of the ability to type things to other players, some players decided it would be entertaining to run around killing people en masse and laughing at their begging for mercy, crying for help, failed attempts to fight back, etc.

    Many of these PKs would dress in ridiculous, flamboyant colors to advertise their presence. They would also often use 1337 speak. Thus, I assumed it was out of a desire to demonstrate that they were so good at the game that they could steamroll most players that they chose to use such a silly, extravagant form of lingo.

    I have no idea if that is where it was first observed, but it was certainly heavily used there both seriously as a mode of communication and, later, in a mocking, derisive way to poke fun at players who took themselves too seriously.

  26. Lynda -  November 9, 2012 - 1:24 pm

    idc care what these people think about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Real Talk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Derpy Hooves -  November 6, 2012 - 8:35 pm

    @ Esperanza Hope Place

    Being thirteen / in middle school isn’t a good excuse for not being able to spell correctly. XD
    And ESPECIALLY if English is someone’s first language…. If it isn’t your first, then, good luck in school. MAKE ME PROUD, GIRL.

    And, yes. MLP is awesome. c:

  28. GaMmZeE MaKaRa -  November 6, 2012 - 8:26 pm

    7|-|3 R3450N Y0U m4Y b3 533!Ng 7|-|!5 M0r3 0f73N M4y B3 B3(4U53 0f 4 (3r74!N W3B (0M!(… 35P3(!411Y W!7|-| 733N5…

    I congratulate whoever can read that.

  29. SkyRunner -  November 6, 2012 - 1:35 pm

    LeetSpeak is very confusing when you first look at the words, so here is a small demonstration key-
    1- L
    5/$- S
    I-I – H
    7- T
    4- A (I think…)
    0- O (probably)
    I hope you can find out the rest! :D

  30. Padfoot -  November 5, 2012 - 8:27 pm

    0k4y 7h!5 !5 4W350m3!!! m!54n7hr0p3 !5 4 h473r. 7h3 0n!y <0nfu5!n9 7h!n9 !5 7h47 3v3ry0n3 d035 !7 d!ff3r3n7ly. 4150, !m n07 5ur3 Wh47
    S, V F X
    F U N E M
    S, V F M
    Y, I N J M N X
    O I C
    m34n5. ! 907 "if you" 4nd 7h3n W45 57u<k 0n "N". p13453 h31p!!!!

  31. Point -  November 5, 2012 - 2:53 am

    But what does1!X37|-|!5 mean? If u have mentioned I will be like rofl

  32. get it -  November 4, 2012 - 3:41 pm


  33. Guyga -  November 1, 2012 - 6:45 am

    Yo Osaka,

    …could have communicated double, using half as many words.
    i.e., pleonastic, LOL

    how about WYMM, for “will you marry me”. I’ve never seen it used but if it were to be incorporated into modern comms, it could be quite funny:

    wow this article is sooooooo cool. WYMM :)

  34. Esperanza Hope Place -  October 30, 2012 - 4:10 pm

    i personly think leet is awsome so all yo haters…SHUT UP!!!! btw i no my spelling sucks. i am 13…i have an exuse…you ADDULTS dont! BTW…to Rainbow Dash…mlp is awsomer than leet.

  35. Rainbow Dash -  October 29, 2012 - 8:23 pm

    Hey Twilight,Princess Celestia said no posting comments on ANYTHING!She said it makes people mad and I don’t want to have to deal with mad humans. ):(

  36. Twilight Sparkle -  October 29, 2012 - 8:20 pm

    As Princess Celestia’s faithful student, I am forced to be nice and help everypony. 1!X3 7|-|!5 means like this and the language is called 1337 or leet.Leet is short for elite.

    Your Friend,
    Twilight Sparkle c:

  37. Rarity Place -  October 29, 2012 - 4:47 pm

    I am espreanzas and cindorelas lil sis i am in elementy scool we have less homwork then all yal YEAH!!!

  38. Esperanza Hope Place -  October 29, 2012 - 4:41 pm

    I personaly think leetspeak is awsome. BTW i no my spelling sucks. I am in middle school. I have a excuse. You ADULTS dnt. so screw it. plus to Whoever Rainbow Dash is…MLP ROCKS! I am Pinkie Shy. Pinkie pie Flutter shy hybrid. the imposible mix.

  39. Karen Jiang -  October 22, 2012 - 11:48 pm

    So strnj

  40. Jacob -  October 22, 2012 - 3:21 pm

    1!X3 7l-l!5 = like this

    see the resemblance? I use leetspeak in my X-Box gamer tag: F1icktrick
    I always accept friend requests unless you do something to tick me off.
    liKe THiS
    1!X3 7l-l!5

  41. n00b -  October 22, 2012 - 2:56 pm

    Ya, tht z s0 stoopd how ppl do tht!


  42. manu prakash -  October 18, 2012 - 1:58 pm

    so knowdegable…..so intrstng…

  43. a -  October 17, 2012 - 12:26 pm

    wow… :]

  44. ArtRocks -  October 16, 2012 - 5:39 pm


  45. ArtRocks -  October 16, 2012 - 5:39 pm

    \/\/ 0 \/\/!!! 50 /-\\/\/350|\/|3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. Greatbrit -  October 15, 2012 - 10:03 pm

    A long time ago, a comedy sketch by “The Two Ronnies” set in a green grocers shop did something similar except every word was a letter. I remember it went something like this – pronounce each letter as you read…
    F U N E X
    S, V F X
    F U N E M
    S, V F M
    Y, I N J M N X
    O I C
    and so on.

  47. hannahbaang -  October 7, 2012 - 6:49 pm


  48. ROBLOX -  October 3, 2012 - 10:05 pm

    What does x0rX4g3 mean? I could figure it out eventually, but…

  49. Mikki -  October 3, 2012 - 4:03 pm

    C001! N3v3r kn3w th@t! ;)

  50. Rainbow Dash -  October 1, 2012 - 9:27 pm

    +|-|15 15 /-\\/\/50|\/|3

  51. JB LOVER -  October 1, 2012 - 4:14 pm

    U mean like this;


    I just made that up the other day! lol

  52. Ginger -  October 1, 2012 - 3:43 pm

    What does “TTYL” mean?

  53. Liz -  September 14, 2012 - 4:35 am

    I think leetspeak’s a lil…cra-cra but that’s the whole point I guess? Lol!

  54. Remaining Anonymous -  September 5, 2012 - 4:09 pm

    I am 1337 because I can wallbang.

  55. error -  September 4, 2012 - 2:20 pm

    :) cool. :) :o) :D

  56. Jamilo -  September 2, 2012 - 4:09 am

    WUD- what U doing?
    LIB-laying in bed
    L2M-listening to music
    HUD-how U doing?
    Wtv-watching tv
    g2g-got to go

  57. Michelle -  August 31, 2012 - 3:32 am


    For your information

  58. kumar -  August 30, 2012 - 2:04 pm

    It was awesome…………………….. good to know:)

  59. Dress123456 -  August 12, 2012 - 9:59 pm

    Well… Any of you guys ever use google 133t? Just go to google, type ‘google 133t’ and press I’m feeling lucky. Or, alternatively, change your language to ‘hacker’.

  60. Cister -  August 10, 2012 - 11:49 am

    Ok, folks. 13375p34I< is not a language, it is an alphabet. Thus it could be used with any language that uses the Roman alphabet, upon which it is based. With some modifications, it might be usable with other alphabets, like Greek or Cyrillic. The actual term for using a different alphabet for your language is "transliteration," but "translation" is more commonly and casually used.
    As a kid, I used to use the Russian alphabet to exchange notes in Russian class with my friend.

  61. SpellerMan -  July 19, 2012 - 5:46 am

    While we’re busy pontificating over LEET-speak, how about the writer(s) of this article use the proper word where required.
    In one of the last sentences, the article states “Technically, ‘LOL’ is an initialism, a name or term formed from the initial letters… etc.” Bleah! Blather!
    Technically, LOL is an ACRONYM!! Like NASA, NAACP and ARPANET, etc.
    Not only is ‘acronym’ the proper word, it’s two syllables shorter, thus faster and easer to say. Double bonus!
    (And yes, “initialism” is acceptable in a more simplistic and Romper Room level of linguistic skill, but if anyone who actually reads a book occasionally has inevitably run into ‘acronym’ wherever such term is needed to describe the process of using first letters to form a ‘compressed’ term, whether for convenience or mnemonic purposes.’ Honestly.)

  62. Know-a-lot -  July 17, 2012 - 1:27 pm

    “Leet speke” is derived from one of the early but advanced space simulation games called “Elite”. To achieve “Elite Status” the user had to have remarkable gaming skills

    Elite was a popular game amongst the pioneering super-nerds, largely based on the BBC Micro from Acorn (now ARM), a computer which placed a lot of emphasis on a level of technical skill that is practically lost to us now, but gave birth to a whole generation of computer science graduates

  63. etinag -  July 17, 2012 - 2:26 am

    l=v<k 7l-l!5 5l-l!7

  64. Im Awesome -  July 9, 2012 - 6:16 pm

    some of you guys are stupid for not knowing most of these slangs and you could be teenagers! rofl lolzzzzzz lol im just bored…… -.- 8) :) >:D

  65. Im Awesome -  July 9, 2012 - 6:14 pm

    I know like very single one of those slangs or watever and im 10 8) >:D

  66. katgirl -  July 6, 2012 - 7:30 pm

    I think many people here are confusing leet (1337) with typical teenage lazy text shorthand. Lol, brb, l8r is NOT l33t. 1337 is simply replacing letters with symbols or numbers that look similar. The only time I really use it is in gaming – and that’s just simply saying w00t (instead of woot). I used to write long letters to my husband in 1337 (written, not typed) for fun. It’s like writing in code, and it’s a good cure for boredom.


    a is @
    b is 13 or 8
    e is 3
    o is 0 (zero)
    w is \/\/ … and so on.

  67. nnn -  July 5, 2012 - 9:12 am


  68. Kate -  July 3, 2012 - 9:51 am

    xD… something like this <===

  69. s@l33n4 -  July 2, 2012 - 4:13 pm

    l0l < y0u m@d br0 ? ;)

  70. Michael -  July 2, 2012 - 5:32 am

    I thought Leetspeak evolved in the online gaming world. Because early internet connections weren’t fast enough for VOIP to be used alongside high-bandwidth games, people developed ‘Leetspeak’ to provided for quick, concise communication with team-mates in team-based games. This new system of communication gave its users the edge in online competitions and they eventually became known as the ‘elite’ gamers. Only over time has ‘Leetspeak’ been bastardised and gone from a way of shortening messages for quick communication to a way of looking like a total moron by writing messages in illegible crap whilst not actually saving any characters.

  71. sanju -  July 1, 2012 - 5:40 pm

    meas, to like this?

  72. sanju -  July 1, 2012 - 5:39 pm

    So,1!X3 7|-|!5
    meas, to like this?

  73. zizou -  June 27, 2012 - 7:41 am

    IDGAF all thz sucha nonsense!!!!!!!!!!!

  74. dayvt vaune -  June 14, 2012 - 2:16 pm

    huebein communication is fascinating. 1 of the most interesting aspects that many appear to take for granted is that we all use symbols to exchange our ideas. none of these methods of symbol exchange are set in stone. what many of us consider as acceptable is simply what has become common through repeated use. certain demographics establish certain patterns & this gets passed on from generation to generation. the rules that we now associate w/spelling & grammar have all developed over 1000′s of years. leet isn’t likely to become common, but clearly there is a small demographic that finds it useful &/or fun.

  75. ShiShi -  June 14, 2012 - 11:29 am

    You know what, I never really thought about using this. Leetspeak! This is too awesome. Look… this stuff (if you learn it properly) can be used to text your friends and hide things from your parents. Of course it will take a while to learn, but this code language damn worth it.

  76. CONNRADD -  June 13, 2012 - 1:32 pm

    There is no Normal.

  77. FearlessForever -  June 6, 2012 - 4:22 pm

    Ummm what this is so confusing and diffietly not worth it.
    LoL….lady over leetspeak
    Omg…off my goat
    Lmfao….laughing makes fat animals overlook
    Rotfl…rafting on the freezing lake

    Thanks for reading this comment!!!!!

  78. FearlessForever -  June 6, 2012 - 4:06 pm

    Ummmmm what???? This is so focusing and diffinetly not worth it.

  79. Harry -  June 6, 2012 - 2:46 am

    I think LeetSpeak is confusing… Don’t plan to ever use it. I think we should just stick to things like ‘lol’ or ‘ikr’ etc, because personally it is ALOT easier to read. LeetSpeak is hard on the eyes. I’m a girl of few words, thankyou

    (ps, yes I know my name says its harry and that is a guys name :P )

  80. The Rapping Son -  June 4, 2012 - 4:17 am


  81. yesterdaysExplorer -  June 3, 2012 - 3:22 pm

    Leetspeak makes my eyes hurt. Who would butcher English so terribly on purpose? I can stand things like H3H3H3, H3LLO D1CT1ON4RY. and stuff like that, but using random symbols in place of letters instead of using numbers is just too hard to read.

  82. fireworks1234 -  June 3, 2012 - 6:55 am

    wow thanks for the interesting facts dictionary.com^-^
    :) :P

  83. Learn to grow up -  June 3, 2012 - 2:49 am

    @Misanthrope There are numerous languages in this world. No two languages follow the same rules of grammar. The English Language and L33t are two different languages. Do not compare them together.

  84. Chris -  May 31, 2012 - 12:21 pm

    Hey that was awesome, awesome dude! Thanks!

  85. Chris -  May 31, 2012 - 12:18 pm

    Wow … so many haters! I think this is fascinating. The article could have been longer and perhaps better written, but the evolution of language is and communication is insight into our social structure and culture. It’s interesting to see how even in e-space we play with it.


  86. iShaw -  May 31, 2012 - 7:24 am

    That’s a lot. It’s fun if these arrangements of words were used occasionally, but I hate it because it’s overused all over the internet and texting.

  87. Goofy Charli -  May 26, 2012 - 8:38 pm

    What’s really great is the IT Crowd DVDs, which, incidentally, have a subtitles option completely written in 1337. Makes fascinating viewing if you’re in a super geeky mood. :) The only thing better is on the Monty Python Holy Grail DVD, which offers subtitles taken from Shakespeare’s Henry IV, for people who don’t like the movie – naturally.

  88. WOWP fan -  May 25, 2012 - 2:08 pm

    1!X3 7|-|!5= like this

    L8r = Later
    Gr8= Great
    Lol= Laugh out loud
    wowp= Wizards of Waverly Place
    Gtg/G2g= Got to go
    Ttyl= Talk to you later
    idk= i don’t know
    ikr= i know, right?
    Rotfl= Roll on the floor laughing
    tp= toilet paper
    Omg= oh my gosh

    :) = smiley face
    :( = sad face
    >:( = angry face
    XD = mega excited face (my favorite)

    This is just a small sample of text talk that I have broken off to give to the adults. Use with responsibility!

    @ max: that’s a good one! lol

  89. pikachu -  May 20, 2012 - 7:52 pm

    l00t m3ke ha ha no one will ever get this “:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::” train beep beep

  90. max -  May 19, 2012 - 3:54 pm

    i have a new one. sfpr- sorry for party rockin

  91. Name -  May 19, 2012 - 3:09 pm

    LOL means laugh out loud, right?

  92. Required Name -  May 17, 2012 - 11:18 pm

    So? What’s it called when people use things such as “leetspeak”? What is it?

  93. Courtney -  May 17, 2012 - 12:40 pm

    I personally think this is ridiculous. Just text/type it out. Why not? I hate when people will type “nt” as in “not” … Like, why can you not put just one more letter? Lazy people, I swear. What is the world really coming to? Now, I do use “lol” alot. But that’s because “lol” is a normal texting word. No need for “lmaosfhtip” (laugh my ass off so f’n hard that I pee’d) or stupid things like that.

  94. Smart one -  May 16, 2012 - 3:00 pm

    this message serves to prove how our mind can do amazing things! Impressive things!in the beginning it was hard but now on this line your mind is reading it automatically with out even thinking about it, be proud only certain people can read this. please forward if you can read this

  95. awsomdude22 -  May 16, 2012 - 1:44 pm

    Translation: This message serves to prove how our minds can do amazing things! Impressive things! In the beginning it was hard but now, on this line if your mind is reading it automatically with out even thinking about it, be proud!
    Only certain people can read this. Please forward if you can read this.

  96. lila -  May 16, 2012 - 11:29 am

    I CAN

  97. lila -  May 16, 2012 - 11:28 am


  98. Jessica -  May 14, 2012 - 10:00 pm

    If you can read this you have a strong mind:

    7H15 M3554G3 53RV35 7O PR0V3 H0W 0UR M1ND5 C4N D0 4M4Z1NG 7H1NG5! 1MPR3551V3 7H1NG5! 1N 7H3 B3G1NN1NG 17 WA5 H4RD BU7 N0W, 0N 7H15 LIN3 Y0UR M1ND 1S R34D1NG 17 4U70M471C4LLY W17H 0U7 3V3N 7H1NK1NG 4B0U7 17, B3 PROUD! 0NLY C3R741N P30PL3 C4N R3AD 7H15. PL3453 F0RW4RD 1F U C4N R34D 7H15.

  99. Sam -  May 10, 2012 - 5:05 pm

    Tough… Don’t think i will ever get this haha

  100. Kiante -  May 9, 2012 - 3:41 pm

    L33t is also what you call a good gamer, so mostly online gamers know L33t.

    BTW: Chixor=Grrl=Chic=Girl

  101. winkwink;) -  May 8, 2012 - 4:07 pm

    who needs this! why not just write the words out!

  102. RaNdOm -  May 6, 2012 - 7:15 pm

    All these thoeries. I wonder if someone was just bored. lol

  103. Juniper -  May 1, 2012 - 6:47 am

    Thats crazy but b-u-t-ful

  104. NBA FAN -  April 29, 2012 - 9:48 pm

    the playoffs started and im txting to my friends

  105. me -  April 26, 2012 - 1:25 pm

    My brain hurtsssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  106. 1337 H4X -  April 20, 2012 - 6:20 pm

    Really? 1!X3 7|-|!5? |_337$p34|<? Really? "Like this." is "1!k3 7h!5", and for chrissake it's spelled "13375p33k". Rule number one of 13375p33k: if the character ratio from regular to 1337 is less than 1:1, then you're doin' it wrong. Hence: "|-|" is not 13375p33k for "H" and |< is not 13375p33k for "K"; they just remain in plain English. Just to clear up the original reasoning, by the way, 13375p33k was used to separate "techies" from "non-techies" (techie, by the way, is not a term used by anyone who would be referred to as a "techie"). The language known as "txt spk" also existed simultaneously, it was for chatting while gaming and for spamming things like "Frst!" and "OMGWTFBBQROFLCOPTERS"

  107. WTFROFLWAC?! -  April 19, 2012 - 5:02 pm

    I no rite? it gr8 4 wen u nd 2 sy sumtin fst!

  108. woo woo dude -  April 16, 2012 - 6:45 pm

    interesting im not confused anymore

    wat ze !@$&

  109. sone -  April 15, 2012 - 6:32 pm

    lmho like really that’s all

  110. adrian -  April 12, 2012 - 10:40 pm

    lol hahaha:)

  111. dhill1123 -  April 10, 2012 - 9:59 am

    What does 5 mean? I have heard different things but i would like to know the real meaning!

  112. meli -  April 6, 2012 - 6:56 pm

    Proper english for the win.

  113. Ny4+J4y=43v3r -  April 3, 2012 - 10:10 am

    ! 1UV 1337. !7S D3f!N!T3LY N07 4 W4$73 0F 7!M3. W47 ! W4NN4 N0 !$ H0W 10NG !7$ B33N 4R0UND 4ND H0W D!D PP1 CUM W!7H !7? !f U R SUM0N3 7H47 C4N R34D 7H3N P1Z 4N$W3R my QU3S7!0N. !F U C4N7 R34D 7H!$, 7H3N U C4N G0 4ND $U|< !7

    ! u$3 1337$P34|< 411 7H3 7!M3.

    $3R!0U$1Y 7H0, !F U D0N7 N0 1337$P34|< 7H3N UR K!ND4 $7UP!D…

    3FF U !F U D0N7 UND3R$74ND. 41SO !F U D!$4GR33 7H3N $CR3W U 4ND 4L$0 U D3F!N!73LY D0N7 H4V3 4NY BR4!N 4T 411.

  114. Laura -  April 2, 2012 - 1:58 am

    Does 1337 (Leet) exist in languages other than English?

  115. anonymous -  March 31, 2012 - 5:59 pm

    H3H3, 1 US3 L33TSP34K 4LL TH3 T1ME >:]

  116. arch -  March 31, 2012 - 6:02 am

    add me in facebook… lol

  117. TEXTANDEATPIEEEE -  March 29, 2012 - 5:51 pm

    LOL, ROFL, TTYL, XOX, ;) :) :p


  118. urface -  March 28, 2012 - 3:26 pm

    nice info

  119. epicsniper -  March 28, 2012 - 3:25 pm

    @love, great chart

  120. wasdlightning -  March 28, 2012 - 3:22 pm

    wanna know how to keep an idiot busy?
    see previous comment….

  121. wasdlightning -  March 28, 2012 - 3:20 pm

    wanna know how to keep an idiot busy?
    see next comment…

  122. epicsniper -  March 28, 2012 - 3:19 pm

    @love, nice chart

  123. josh -  March 28, 2012 - 3:18 pm

    t|-|!s !s s0 k001

  124. wasdlightning -  March 28, 2012 - 3:16 pm

    wanna know how to keep an idiot busy?
    see previous comment…

  125. wasdlightning -  March 28, 2012 - 3:16 pm

    wanna know how to keep an idiot busy?
    see next coment…

  126. Jaylon -  March 28, 2012 - 8:15 am

    we always do that :D

  127. roni -  March 27, 2012 - 3:46 pm

    r0n1 w@$ h3r3

  128. ronnie -  March 27, 2012 - 3:45 pm

    btw its a matter of opinion if im cra cra lol

  129. ronnie -  March 27, 2012 - 3:44 pm

    kewl ikr lol :D rotfl ily jk haha brb bye

  130. yunan jade -  March 23, 2012 - 12:48 pm

    * Technically, LOL is an initialism, “a name or term formed from the initial letters of a group of words and pronounced as a separate word.” *
    It’s the opposite…

  131. yunan jade -  March 23, 2012 - 12:44 pm

    It’s LEET, L33T, or LEETSPEAK.
    It’s only when numbers are used to replace letters.
    When you see words with excess P, H, F, W, Q, Z, X or vowels, it’s not the word, and there is no such thing.. but the person, labelled as a Jejemon. They call it Jejebet / Jejenish – the alphabet and and the language. (But even the “official website” named it wrong.. look it up…)

  132. yunan jade -  March 23, 2012 - 12:34 pm

    It’s LEET, L33T, or LEETSPEAK.
    It’s only when numbers are used to replace letters.
    When you see words with excess P, H, F, W, Q, Z, X or vowels, it’s not the word, and there is no such thing.. but the person, labelled as a Jejemon. They call it Jejebet. (But even the “official website” named it wrong.. look it up…)

  133. Madi -  March 23, 2012 - 11:31 am


    1!X3 7|-|!5 is Like This

  134. Alan Tian -  March 22, 2012 - 8:43 pm

    aow uf8732q 99

  135. takoda -  March 21, 2012 - 6:10 am


  136. crazy girl -  March 20, 2012 - 8:11 am

    u all are very weird writing that stuff but honestly txting abreviations are alot better cause sometimes ur parents do not know what it means which is a good thing :)

  137. danielquinones -  March 19, 2012 - 8:11 pm

    look at skyyyyy’s comment and fyi this is stupid ):<

  138. mbobm -  March 19, 2012 - 5:00 pm


  139. karthick -  March 16, 2012 - 7:34 am

    hi friens

    its very critical for using at 1st time.but it is help to our braining tuning and increasing memory power also.

    one thing friend this type of game i played 10 years before.


  140. X/-\R7|-|!CX -  March 16, 2012 - 7:29 am

    HI friends

    this is very critical for using at first time.but it is help to our brain tuning and increasing memory power also.

    and one thing friend ,this type of game i played before 10 years .


  141. X/-\R7|-|!CX -  March 16, 2012 - 7:24 am

    7|-|!5 !5 V3RY 900D.BC !7 !5 |-|3Lp 2 8R/-\!N 7UN!N9 /-\ND !NCR3/-\5!N9 0UR M3M0RY p0W3R.


    T|-|ANX u

  142. Richard Kranium -  March 16, 2012 - 7:04 am

    ) (
    ( v )

  143. love -  March 15, 2012 - 1:11 pm

    i find this having way to many comments.. anyway,

    lol = laugh out loud

    rofl = rolling on floor laughing

    btw = by the way

    idk = i dont know

    dilligaf = does it look like i give a F*** (sorry for the “bad words”)

    there is soo many more but i dont feel like writing them xD

    ttyl =talk to u later

    brb= be right back

    irl= in real life

    wd=well done

    ty=thank you

    np=no problem


    hi= hello (hahahaha i needed to say that)

    well, now i will say

    Love always,

  144. la la la man -  March 14, 2012 - 6:31 am


  145. 50/\/\30l\l3 \l/0u d0l\l'7 l -  March 13, 2012 - 4:26 pm

    l-l!i C4l\l y0u 1234d 7l-l!5?
    50/\/\30l\l3 \l/0o dol\l’7 l<l\l0\/\/

  146. i'm an UNbelieber -  March 13, 2012 - 2:08 pm


    cra-cra !5 /I/07 5I-I0127312 012 345!312 70 7′/p3 7I-I4/I/ crazy!

    just leave the leet people alone guys….

  147. Ismail -  March 12, 2012 - 9:19 pm

    Hi, when you use predictive text on a mobile phone, the system will ‘suggest’ words while you are typing. Is there a name for this suggested word. Thanks.

  148. mamazgym -  March 11, 2012 - 1:43 pm

    viking and john- it means “like this”, or “likes this”.

  149. Mayowa -  March 10, 2012 - 2:20 pm

    w|-| 0|t r t|-|3y ta|k|ing ab0ut?

  150. knowmynaem -  March 9, 2012 - 1:56 pm

    Maybe, one day, when our race peeters out people will try to unravel the English language and will make many errors-or not even understand it-due to all the slang and text lingo.

  151. DsTheShit -  March 9, 2012 - 12:48 pm

    Do you know how LOOOOONG it would take me to be able to write like that?

  152. DOMODERPY -  March 9, 2012 - 11:11 am

    whoever is here plz reply i need to chat becuase im bored in inschool detention but the teacher is sorta letting me do this

  153. DOMODERPY -  March 9, 2012 - 11:09 am

    hey guys im at school now in the 6th grade and i like shortcutting which is where you txt w/ lss caractrs and u use thngs lke lol idk ikr and DERP so i sorta do L33T but not rlly dat much.oops gtg teacher. bye!

  154. Joan -  March 8, 2012 - 7:40 am

    i dont 1!X3 7|-|!5.. its too confusing..

  155. Death to all -  March 5, 2012 - 9:26 pm

    Wow… really. You people gotta get this straight. gtfo iotp ima h8r ur a 10$r

  156. Hipee -  March 5, 2012 - 5:59 pm

    TXT U L8ter.p LOL

  157. tana -  March 5, 2012 - 3:26 pm


  158. me -  March 5, 2012 - 3:26 pm

    what r we chating bout?

  159. me -  March 5, 2012 - 3:25 pm


  160. Dem0N -  March 3, 2012 - 10:07 pm

    Yeah, “lol” & “rotfl” etc. aren’t considered as leetspeak, these are called ACRONYMS. You sir, win a potato.

  161. Rob -  March 1, 2012 - 2:35 pm

    I don’t think ANYONE talks “1!X3 7|-|!5″ (like this)

  162. JJ -  February 29, 2012 - 6:26 pm

    hey, i think thats pretty interesting. but the fact that people would actually
    make a comment on something like this is rediculous. and yes, i just insulted all you guys AND myself.

  163. monster high best in the world -  February 29, 2012 - 4:25 pm

    you areli your meen and i just dont mean you a mean everybody cause who ever did this article the did all there work to do this and for your imformation im CRITSTAN and i dont say bad words only SHUT UP you hear that ok wow SHUT UP and dont go around and be meen fast people gosh!!!!!!!!!!!P.S SHUT UP I DONT CARE IF YOU SAY WOW THIS GIRL IS MEEN I DONT CARE.BYE TTYL

  164. Katser the III -  February 29, 2012 - 4:08 pm

    W0W! Tl-lAT l-lurt my l-lead! I love abbreviations like:
    But the whole letters and numbers and symbols to make a word is a little too much. Not so 8022 that means boss and 80082 means something that I should not say but you can figure out.

  165. areli -  February 29, 2012 - 10:01 am

    get a life people

  166. Ryan -  February 28, 2012 - 9:57 pm

    i wouldnt make a very good nerd….i could only get leet

  167. the random guy -  February 28, 2012 - 5:37 pm

    if ur reading this you have no life

  168. SnipahKitteh -  February 28, 2012 - 1:10 pm

    Technically, /337 5/>34|< shudnt use actual letters, like in "1!X3 7|-|!5" where it uses the x. it relly is /1/15 or /1/<3 7|-|15

  169. SnipahKitteh -  February 28, 2012 - 1:07 pm

    _/00 15 4 />05

  170. SnipahKitteh -  February 28, 2012 - 1:05 pm

    /0/ 1|\| |\|07 |_|51|\| 4 /337 7/^4|\|5/47/^ /0/

  171. SnipahKitteh -  February 28, 2012 - 1:04 pm

    /0/ 1|\/| /-/1|\| /^167 |\|40

  172. SnipahKitteh -  February 28, 2012 - 1:02 pm

    _/00 |\|0082 /=41/ @ |>15 /0/ 67|-|0 73|-| 1|\|73/^\/\/382

  173. Nope.avi -  February 27, 2012 - 6:19 pm

    Lol, you all need to lurk moar.

  174. random_person -  February 27, 2012 - 5:16 pm

    i forgot to add one thing…

  175. wertfy -  February 26, 2012 - 11:07 am

    I second danni about a discussion on emoticons. ^^

  176. rocker -  February 25, 2012 - 3:36 pm

    @Misanthrope: You are being a great fool to go after folks that speak differently than what you see as “correct.” You need to get off your high horse; those that unwaveringly speak and write in standard English while looking down at others that don’t are so misled. Do you not understand how much English has shifted over the years to the English you speak today? Do you have no concept of linguistics or speech evolution? I guess not. The English you speak is no better than any other English, just like your accent is no better than another accent. If everyone was like you, speech would become stale and boring.

  177. danni -  February 23, 2012 - 10:18 pm

    as it says in the article, things like LOL and ROFL are much different than L33TSPEAK. LOL and OMG and words like that are abbreviations. L33T is, obviously, symbols used to make words, and used to many different reasons, but I’ve always thought of it as a way for people “in the know” about L33T, the “elite”, to communicate with eachother without the people who weren’t in the know understanding them. The name Elite also kind of implies the original users thought they were better than everyone or wanted to be, so they might’ve made up their own way of writing to show their “superiority” or “cleverness” on the internets.

    annnnnd that’s all i have to say on it XD

    (oh! text faces might be a good thing to cover! XD and O_O and B) and >8D and… the list goes on)

  178. Haleigh -  February 23, 2012 - 4:25 pm

    aye aye aye! WHO cares! lol jk :] g2g

  179. Ryno -  February 23, 2012 - 12:46 am

    lol, morse code for S.O.S. Also couldnt they have done an easier example of a Interneese word such as LOL i think a lot of people pick that word up easier then some other words.

  180. cae.cae. -  February 21, 2012 - 6:31 pm

    this girl right here prefers regular english! while it may be quicker to text, deciphering takes waaaaaaaaaaaaay too long… especially when people think they can make up their own little code. *groan* yeah. that’s all i have to say. ttyl. ;)

  181. -.- -  February 21, 2012 - 2:36 pm

    We know this stuff but not morse code? :L …—…

  182. Matt -  February 16, 2012 - 5:55 pm

    btw im not cra-cra :P
    BTW=by the way
    FYI=for your information
    TTFN=ta-ta for now

  183. Matt -  February 16, 2012 - 5:53 pm

    now i know how to fool my friends.

  184. sinfer -  February 16, 2012 - 2:50 pm

    is that cool

  185. HAyLEy! -  February 16, 2012 - 10:42 am

    Hejjo, i bet you can raed tihs. Mnkefys can fly!!!! Speilging udjd to be imprhtnt, and it isnt anmerore! none of the long words abvoe are spledidd crictklky, but are still reddfablle! all you need is the first plus last ltjtder to be same, and then it is pretty much lejgsitle.

  186. Aariena -  February 15, 2012 - 6:21 pm

    lol-laugh out loud
    16p 16 and pregnant

  187. Southernperson? -  February 13, 2012 - 4:28 pm

    This is strange……but ANYWAYS,
    The text Language:
    LOL=laugh out loud
    IDK=i dont know
    WRYD=what are you doin
    WBU= what about you
    ROFL=rolling on floor laughing
    TTYL=talk to you later
    WYWTA=what ya wanna talk about
    BRB=be right
    Shorten Words:
    idk anymore……….
    Well hope you loved it ;P if u didnt know some of this stuff…….ur cra-cra…..;P

  188. Stone Butterflies -  February 13, 2012 - 2:30 pm

    1′M 571LL L3@RN1N9 8U7 17’5 FUN. :D

  189. jordan -  February 13, 2012 - 1:41 pm

    1337 = hacker

  190. Nerdette -  February 12, 2012 - 4:21 pm

    I DON’T CARE ABOUT 1337!!!!!!! IT’S STUPID!!!!!
    Ps: Sorry things like that annoys me! :p

  191. Nerdette -  February 12, 2012 - 4:17 pm

    Why can’t we just text NORMAL words!!!!????? It’s easier to figure out and you don’t get headaches when u text!!!!!

  192. Nobody -  February 12, 2012 - 3:07 pm

    @Misanthrope: I know that by commenting on your post, I am invitinting your wrath (assuming you haven’t given this thread up as a bad job). However, I wanted to point out a few things. Number one: you are being a hypocrite. You said in one of your posts that to attack someone is to ruin your credibility, yet all of your rebuttals cross over from “strongly worded” to “mean”. In the same post where you commented on the rudeness of attacking others, you called someone a moron. Number two: you seem to have forgotten (or maybe you just didn’t realize) that under some plans, people had to pay for each letter of a text message. Under that system, I think people who resorted to gtg and other abbreviations are perfectly justified. Number three: to defend one of your victims, I believe he was suggesting you use Pretentious as your name or add it to the begining of your name, not cram it into the middle of the word Misanthrope. Lastly, all the pretty SAT words in the world can’t hide the fact that you are just another troll (there is probably a more “formal” word for it, but I think troll works best in this instance).


    PS. If it makes these things easier to tolerate, you could think of them as written dialects.

  193. JeramieH -  February 11, 2012 - 7:03 am

    I was there in the BBS days. It was to prevent your conversation from being flagged by keyword filters when you were discussing matters which you wanted to make sure stayed off the record. BBSes were run by regular individuals, and being that you never really knew what type of person the owner (SysOp, system operator) was, there was always a slight paranoia about what was being recorded or searched later by others. Of course searches are exact, so anything that scrambled interesting words only slightly would skip the filter/search.

    It’s also like the secret handshake and special code-words of a secret society. It made you feel “sneaky” doing it, because your fellow “elites” understood you but nobody else could.

  194. Vocaloidtetoneru -  February 9, 2012 - 6:21 am

    these people are texting like Scene kids! I’m 14 and even I have better grammar than half of these people! Seriously people, it’s called English, not Computer-nese!

  195. trinity -  February 8, 2012 - 5:05 pm







  196. trinity -  February 8, 2012 - 4:58 pm

    here are some of them i know:

    gtg- gatta go

    LOL- laugh out loud

  197. gRAPES -  February 8, 2012 - 4:06 pm

    Leetspeak is not like texting at all. Leetspeak makes it HARD to understand, text abreiviations make it EASY to understand. lol, idk, rotfl, etc. are not leetspeak.

  198. Rico KG -  November 16, 2011 - 11:18 am

    that makes txtin kool

  199. Rico KG -  November 16, 2011 - 11:17 am


  200. Oh so Pogi -  April 4, 2011 - 11:52 pm

    that is called “jejemon” in the Philippines.

  201. Sus -  March 26, 2011 - 8:35 pm

    Not to mention that it’s “italisized” and NOT italicised” URGH, (again)

  202. FooGriffy -  February 21, 2011 - 12:20 pm


    less than and greater than.

  203. FooGriffy -  February 21, 2011 - 12:16 pm

    Sorry, I meant codes like when you put the letter i inside of the greater-than and less-than signs (), then put this around the words you want italicised (the one at the end including a slash before the letter).

  204. FooGriffy -  February 21, 2011 - 12:12 pm

    Where did codes for italics () and bold () and such originate? How does the computer read and analyze them? Are there substitutes? (I’ve seen [/i] been used.) What are other well used codes?
    I’d like to see a blog on that.

  205. The Demon Ira -  January 31, 2011 - 7:41 am

    “LeetSpeak” is also a way to annoy people like the one who wrote this blog, and make you ask questions about it.

    Personally, I hate both Text-Talk and LeetSpeak. There is no need for them.

  206. chris -  January 21, 2011 - 8:30 pm

    Emotes and stuff like XTHX BYE or U for you and R for our and so on mainly became mainstream with texting, to save space. Given a text can only be so much space. However it coul dbe argued all the way back to PAGERS….

    And almost all early internet was based off CD radio… CHANNELS became rooms or… whatever, and HANDLES became nicknames. way back int he day BBS’s said SQUELCH was ignore, same thing with CB radios.

  207. chris -  January 21, 2011 - 8:25 pm

    Thats not really what that is for per sey. The idea is that files and email and stuff can be searched by words. The ELITE is like 17337. I think a lot of people dont realize the origin of that word. It was not originally “Elite” per sey. Most people that I know that used to Hack and Phreak told me that was the port that hackers prefered to use. 1337. ? or something like that. So the idea mainly was that emails and data transmision was somewhat secure becauseit coul dnot be easily read and in some cases to an untrained eye it just looks like garbage. If you imagine someone trying to intercept your transmission it would also be a lot of garbage. It mostly tricks the human factor not the computer factor.

  208. Midna H. -  January 17, 2011 - 11:59 am

    Whatever people say, it’s an effective way to comunicate. lol.

  209. BUTTER -  January 15, 2011 - 10:46 pm

    well obviously it’s not coming out right!….@ms.karma….I understand your point….But I’m not going to lie I txt like tht!as yu can c But I’m tryin to get out of the habit to do it! I caught ma self doin it on a job application! :’( of course I had to get anotha one! it makes it easier to txt for me lyke this…But I’m tryin to be able to just doin it at tha rite tymes!!!! LMAO!!!!! Well imma go now feel free to comment! Hope this comes out right!!! LOLXZ………


  210. BUTTER -  January 15, 2011 - 10:43 pm

    Srry I messed tht all tha way up! I meant to put….@ms.karma….I understand your point….But I’m not going to lie I txt like tht!>as yu can cfor me< lyke this…But I’m tryin to be able to just doin it at tha rite tymes!!!! LMAO!!!!! Well imma go now feel free to comment!

  211. m) -  January 15, 2011 - 10:35 pm

    whos job is it to write that? this would be a fun workplace

  212. EMOtional -  January 15, 2011 - 11:31 am

    yay for emoticons!!!!!!!





  213. Misanthrope -  January 15, 2011 - 9:33 am

    @Keepin’ it simple: Obviously, I care, and I think Aporia cares to an extent as well. Wat i tak frm ur post iz dat it iz ok 2 typ lke dis, az long az i r convaing n undrstanabl mesag. Yeah, because people who type like that or in any other erroneous way are worth my time, support, and respect. You know, if you are a follower of incorrect grammar, you may by all means understand the message you are conveying, but someone else may not. That is why it is always good to be on the safe side and use correct grammar; it helps avoid misunderstandings and general miscommunication. Moreover, by following grammatical ethics, you are conveying another message, one that shows that you have respect for your partner(s) in communication and for your reputation as an intelligible individual. In case you are unaware, many people look down upon poor grammar, especially the EDUCATED. Leniency with grammar isn’t such a big deal if English is one’s secondary language; we understand, but if it is one’s primary language, then I can’t see someone getting much sympathy from others when their spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and overall sentence structure are revealed to be poorer than farmers during the Great Depression. Going off on a tangent, you try to hit us with a quote to prove the point that we’re puerile for having a warm-to-the-touch debate. What we’re debating is actually quite crucial in a multitudinous amount of peoples’ lives, especially in this day and age where proper ways of writing are obscured by more popular, otiose methods; such as text talk and leetspeak. In regard to the last sentence of your quote, I’ve always seemed to carry good grammar, even in my not-so-finest hours. That said, I would say that this naturally grew to be a part of me; I wasn’t told that I could use good grammar, and I certainly wasn’t forced to do so either. Apropos to your oh, so “original quote” as a whole, by patronizing Aporia and I for debating syntax, you only elucidate the fact that your quote also applies to yourself. Side note, you should know how to at least spell ‘appropriately’ right before you go calling us idiotic. In addition to that, I’d recommend that you work on your run-on sentences. You shouldn’t have been taught that you could play umpire in disputes, instead, you should’ve been taught to be yourself. Know your place (in respect to social hierarchy), and mind your own business, you may get to live to the grand age of one-hundred because of it. Take a slice of your own advice. Have a nice day, “Mr. Student-Teacher”. 8-|

  214. Tas -  January 14, 2011 - 7:13 pm

    I’m with Kris, this is really stupid!

  215. Joe -  January 14, 2011 - 5:37 am

    256 bit encryption is a bit more secure for sending a message…

  216. thewhelktamer -  January 14, 2011 - 3:49 am

    To call the use of 1337 speak ‘idiotic’ is really in itself idiotic. 1337 is an innovative way to communicate, first used to conceal sensitive information, and now used as a more jovial, fun way of typing. I imagine fluency creates a great sense of companionship with other speakers, with the ability to share in-jokes and the like that others may not understand. It doesn’t represent a degeneration of language; it’s innovative, creative and impressive.

    I admit, it is concerning when 1337 and text-speak are transferred into classrooms and academic writing, but it being a common method of communication in a young person’s home life, a little blurring is to be expected. I’m sure the teaching staff immediately address the issue and inform the students that certain language is not suitable in certain situations.

    Just as with language formality, distinctions are made; a child is likely to be admonished for writing either ‘Winston Churchill was a gr8 man’ or ‘Winston Churchill was really cool’ — both word choices are inappropriate for the classroom, but harmless in casual conversation with someone who will understand it. Surely it’s just a matter of knowing where to use what form of language?

  217. Marziedoates -  January 13, 2011 - 6:02 pm

    This is insane!! I have a headache from just looking at it, but it does remind me of our very old fashion “pig latin” that we children had so much fun with.

  218. Misanthrope -  January 12, 2011 - 10:25 pm

    My sincerest apologies for taking so long to reply to you, Aporia. I’ve been swamped with work since earlier on in the day. Not to mention that I do all of my commenting through the Internet Explorer program on my cell-phone, so it takes much more time to type things out, and for that matter, proofread them than it would on a computer. I will try my best to have a dignified reply for you sometime tomorrow, Aporia. So, stay tuned. Thank you for being so patient. ;)

  219. Marx Lenn Mendoza -  January 12, 2011 - 6:00 pm

    @Ms. Karma> its not a harsh word, its the truth! If they continue on doing it, they’ll be a certified stupid person when it comes to spelling and grammar, we’re just concern

    @Misanthrope> thank you…

  220. 1337-is-my-3rd-language -  January 12, 2011 - 12:21 pm

    137’5 570p 411 73|-| |-|471|\|9 4|\|d 3|\|j0`/ 73|-| 12idi<u10u5|\|355
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    |-|0w3v312 73|-| |\/|0123 l4x u5312 i5 u|\|d3125700d 411 73|-| 54|\/|3; 4183i7 83912ud9i|\|9l`/. 50 137 u5 "5i|\/||\/|4 4 d0w|\| 4 |\|0w". 13375p34k i5 5312i0u5 8u5i|\|355… |\|07 123411`/, 50 ju57 |-|4v3 fu|\| wi7|-| i7.

    For the non-"1337":
    Let's stop all the hating and enjoy the ridiculousness that is elite speak.
    Like many activities there will always be a "hardcore" and a "casual" crowd. The hardcore being sticklers for syntax and usage of correct character variations. The casual may not adhere to the standard using a combination of "elite" and "txt". Much like in proper English, spelling and grammar are highly coveted towards a comprehensive understanding.
    However the more lax user is understood all the same; albeit begrudgingly. So let us "simma a down a now".
    Elite speak is serious business… not really, so just have fun with it.

    *Great. Was going to trans-1337 my first post (double posted) but it seems to have been deleted. :(

  221. smoothius -  January 12, 2011 - 9:40 am


  222. Keepin' it simple -  January 12, 2011 - 8:39 am

    *sigh* This is so stupid guys, okay, first off, WHO CARES, the reason we type and say stuff is to convey a message, not to sound mature or smart. So, if one person says something and the other person understands it then we’re fine! You two (Misanthrope, and Aporia) are senslessly arguing over who’s right and wrong, and its really just plainly childish and idiotic, obviously neither of you can either of your minds, so why bother? You’re putting forth more effort to type out your beliefs than you did to even think of a response.
    Original Quote: ‘Perhaps the most silliest thing I have ever observed was two schoolchildren acting like teachers. They are students, yet they fail to recognize and act approiately. They shouldn’t have been taught that they can be whatever they want, they should’ve been taught to be themselves.’

  223. Aporia -  January 12, 2011 - 6:01 am

    @Misanthrope: I agree with you, to an extent. I feel that, yes, in a perfect universe, everyone would take the time to elaborate on their grammar and word choice. But this isn’t a utopia, so we have to learn to deal with such “shortcomings.” Moreover, I believe that you are taking this WAY too seriously, as I’m going to bet that you don’t send text messages to most of the world’s population, and that the people you DO communicate with have exceptional grammar, for otherwise you would have no respect for them (which is a poor reason not to respect someone; god forbid, they’re in a hurry…). My point is, what harm is it going to do you if someone miles away from you, or even down the street, with whom you never communicate, speaks differently than you? Would you feel the same way about someone who speaks, say, Chinese? The syntax and structure of Chinese is significantly different from English; I suppose that in your world we’d better just despise every foreign language-speaker as well? And I noticed that you were “lenient with my errors.” You mean the two or three errors that so “demolished” my argument? So I forgot an “i.” So I mis-typed a number. I guess it’s off to the remedial English course with me, huh? Even though I have proven myself to be a competent English-speaker? I finalize my argument while pondering as to why you take something so minute as seriously as you do, though I can respect that you have that degree of passion for something.


  224. ms.karma -  January 12, 2011 - 2:14 am

    Marx Lenn Mendoza on January 11, 2011 at 8:54 pm
    >yes marx. jejetxt makes the young pinoys stupid. sorry for that harsh term but i find it true. i’m afraid they might misspell even the simplest and common words. God, this is alarming.

    jejeje! i hate it.

  225. Misanthrope -  January 12, 2011 - 12:29 am

    @Waleno: I don’t think ‘misanpretentiousthrope’ or the like would be a real word though. I think you should’ve used the word “witless” before your name. “Witless Waleno”! Sounds like it fits snugly around your name and intelligence! “Hating on [something]” now too? Thank you for revealing what era of vernacular you like to reside in. That is, the moronic one. You know, it would’ve been much more efficient to say something like, “even though some people here express their hatred for it.” No, it’s not “ignorance” either. I’ve tested out this leetspeak for myself in hopes of finding something beneficent about it. No luck on that, by the way. Also, if it’s the preceding generation that is failing to understand the succeeding generation even though the succeeding generation understands the preceding generation, then how is the succeeding generation any smarter than the preceding generation if the preceding generation is the one teaching the succeeding generation? We can only teach someone after us to be as smart as us, and if we’re misunderstanding one another then we may not even be able to accomplish that. Lastly, it is quite possible that I may read up on memetic structures if I get the chance.

    @Aporia: While I can appreciate your attempt to use proper grammar, I cannot appreciate your argument. As English students, we are taught to spell things (this absolutely includes, but is not limited to numbers and other various numerical and monetary symbols) out in words, not symbols or numbers when writing. That etiquette remains static in all other studies and subjects, except when working with facts and figures. Unfortunately, even when we are engaged in a “casual conversation”, we are still writing. This means that we must follow proper English protocol. Could you imagine if authors just lazed out on their diction and started using abbreviations and a panoply of hyphenated adjectives as the infrastructure of their publishings. It would take away from the tone, imagery, and all-around credibility of their publishing, wouldn’t it? No-one says that you have to use long, intricate words when writing. [We] just ask that you use proper grammar; you know, the way that you were taught to (which, hopefully, you were taught how to write). I have no problems with 9-1-1 being the designated emergency telephone number, so don’t try to use a poor analogy to refute my claims. Though, while we’re on that subject, catastrophe can even occur in those few crucial seconds it takes one to pick up the phone and dial the three digits (even if less digits saves a few seconds). You know what’s even more efficient for just “casual conversation”? Generic diction and proper grammar. It saves time, in comparison to leetspeak, so you can get more dialogue in edge-wise. On another tangent, I don’t affix too much of it on these new, idiotic forms of communication. In fact, these means of communication are the least of humanity’s troubles. I purposefully blamed debauchery as well as other various forms of indulgence and decadence. While this leetspeak and text talk hogwash are included in that, the serious downfalls in humanity are not limited to those two forms of debauchery, indulgence, decadence and such. To conclude, although it’s the least of humanity’s worries, I do weigh a lot of importance on communication because it is what can make or break relationships. I hold the belief that those who do not use proper grammar are disrespecting their reader(s), audience, or partner in communication. It shows that you don’t respect the person on the other end enough so as to write or communicate with decent legibility. It also reveals to people that you don’t care enough about your reputation as an intelligible individual to write with the grammar you were taught to use growing up. This would and most certainly should render those who don’t respect the parameters of English in writing cretinous. Whether or not I am an overbearing logomaniac depends on one’s standards for orthography and other fields of study and usage. Please note that I was lenient with you on many of your errors.

    @1337-is-my-3rd-language: Initially, I would like to thank you for not making a personal attack torwards me; those ruin the credibility of the poster. More on-topic, wouldn’t a language that is comprised purely of numbers or Roman numerals suffice though too? As a young child, I would sometimes spend my leisure time innovating methods of ciphering messages. It’s a shame that I can’t recollect any of these methods. Perhaps I’ll look into recreating them when I find more leisure time.

    I would just like to support the theme of my posts by saying that I agree with lines 7 – 13 of Marx Lenn Mendoza’s quote of Ms. Karma.


  226. 1337-is-my-3rd-language -  January 11, 2011 - 9:28 pm

    @Misanthrope Its purpose is not increased speed and understanding but the obscuring of information. I liken it to typing in Morse code or binary. No real purpose but to confuse those that don’t understand and inform those that do.

  227. Marx Lenn Mendoza -  January 11, 2011 - 8:54 pm

    ms.karma on January 10, 2011 at 7:09 pm: actually, here in the philippines its called jejetxt and people who are using jejetxt are called jejemon, im not fond of using it, i dont like jejemons or jejetxt, i like the formal spelling or at least not to the extend of changing some letters to symbol, psychological studies finds that it is not a very good thing to use especially for teenagers or children who has a phone and fond of using jejetxt because it has an effect on the child’s learning…especially in spelling and/or some cases, with grammar too…

  228. klem39 -  January 11, 2011 - 6:37 pm

    Back in the days, before I moved up to iMac, I used ASCII (ask ee) to write the GB Pound symbol when corresponding with UK. Hold down the LH Alt key and type 156 on the RH key pad.

  229. Aporia -  January 11, 2011 - 6:06 pm

    Blech. Thirty. No three.

  230. Aporia -  January 11, 2011 - 6:05 pm

    My apologies, I meant five-thousand six-hundred thirty-three.

  231. Aporia -  January 11, 2011 - 5:36 pm

    Very good entry, Hot Word!

    Misanthrope, I must say that you’re affixing way too much blame on text, or rather, thirteen-thirty-seven, speak. It’s certainly not the “downfall to our society” that you make it out to be. Now while I try to use correct grammar in my own conversations, you can’t denegrate someone for diminishing a word in the hopes of achieving efficiency. Think about numbers. While one could boast about taking the time to spell out five-hundred sixty-three thousand, it would be much simpler to just say 5,630 instead. Hell, even the word “eleven” might be more trouble than it’s worth, because you can reduce the necessary character input from six to two, saving a few seconds in the process of conveying an identical message. And while I’m on the subject of efficiency, have you ever wondered why you dial “9-1-1″ to contact emergency services? Perhaps it’s because in the crucial seconds in which it takes to dial seven, or even ten, numbers, catastrophe can occur. By cutting down the required character input, you save seconds. So 1337 speak is an efficient method of communication, especially since it’s typically reserved for casual conversations, when one is not dictated by an overbearing logomanic such as yourself.


  232. Big Daddy Sanch -  January 11, 2011 - 5:26 pm

    Leet was originally predicted in a book called “Neuro-Mancer”, which is not a very good book, however it does predict not only the use of Leet speak but alos acronyms used in TXTing. As I this book is in the required reading for Geekdom, it does stand to reason that many of the original users of both leet and txt speak were influenced by “Neuro-Mancer” even if they don’t remember it.

  233. LeAh - AnNe -  January 11, 2011 - 11:53 am

    Very interesting!!
    Thanks Hot Word!!

  234. ag -  January 11, 2011 - 11:41 am

    somebody deleted my comment!!! hmmppff hehehe maybe because i sued the vernacular last time i made a comment.. hehehe filipinos invented those txt language. yup its called jejenese or jejemon… its the filipino creativity and ingenuity!!! its the filipinos way to cope with everyday stress. the filipinos enjoy living in complete happiness even during the times of calamity and tragedy. explains how filipinos have the most number of festivities celebrated in a year and the formulation of such interesting language which also of course being criticized by educators and moralists.. but what the heck, its not a q uestion of moralty or education its the recognition that matters!!! hehehe

  235. #1 Skillet fan -  January 11, 2011 - 8:05 am

    Cool! I was involved in a robotics team last year and our team was called l33t engeniers LOL

  236. Waleno -  January 11, 2011 - 7:46 am

    I like this blog because I often learn new things. I can see a lot of uses for this kinds of language even though some people posting here prefer to hate on it (ignorance)

    Misanthrope, you should have used the word pretentious in your name.

    The children are not getting dumber the teacher is just losing their ability to understand them. Each succeeding generation understands the previous generation while the previous generation loses touch. I think the next generation is way smarter – read about memetic structures if you get the chance. our children learn things about us we couldn’t begin to teach them as their children will about them.

    I had fun figuring out what you more dexterous l3375|>34X325 were saying

  237. kholline khailly -  January 11, 2011 - 1:42 am

    noname: why say so? maybe you just can’t catch up. :P

  238. kholline khailly -  January 11, 2011 - 1:40 am


  239. g33kgrrl -  January 11, 2011 - 12:24 am

    Wow. I took the time to post a really nice and thorough explanation of I337 and its origins, from personal experience, and explained how to read it, around 1:00 p.m. Then I added a second quick one a couple of minutes later. Both appeared in the comments just fine. And now I come back to read more comments, and my first one is GONE!! Judging by the following comments, it was deleted within minutes after posting. There was lots of helpful information in there, no obscenities, etc. WTF????? Perhaps the author of the article couldn’t take being outdone? _V () |_| 5 |_| { |< !

  240. boo boo : ) -  January 10, 2011 - 11:02 pm

    Again, I must say OUCH!

  241. noname -  January 10, 2011 - 9:49 pm

    mga abnormal kayo!:-p

  242. sonia killian -  January 10, 2011 - 9:32 pm

    (Off the subject)
    Could “the hot word” writers post on a combination of these words?
    Collectivism, communalism, Maoism, Marxism, Leninism
    Egalitarianism, classlessness,
    Totalitarianism, despotism, dictatorship, oppression, repression, tyranny


  243. Misanthrope -  January 10, 2011 - 9:25 pm

    Wait, this whole nonsense is actually being referred to as a “language?” Why?!

    Although I despise ‘text talk’, it at least has a purpose, which is for people to be as indolent and cretinous as they can be. God forbid I spend a few extra seconds texting and using proper grammar. I find text talk very helpful when I’m at school. It helps me get my message through without seeming like I actually had to endure the three stages of schooling, that way, I can go back to not doing the work my teacher assigned to me. I swear that American society has been to reduced to debauchery among other various types of indulgence and decadence; which all totals out to a sedentary lifestyle.

    Anyway, back on topic, this leetspeak rubbish is nothing more than, well, rubbish. It doesn’t make communication anymore efficient, time/speed-wise. In fact, I’d say that it retards communication to snail-pace. It just seems like a result of boredom to me; also another example of unnecessary decadence. I disrespect others right to use it, but it’s just not for me. I prefer to stay away from this pseudo-progressive, contemporary movement that is being brought upon the new generation because they’re too lackadaisical to open up a damn dictionary every once in a while. Personally, I blame poor, lenient, blind, careless parenting that was made possible by the products of 1950 – onward, so to speak. Well, thanks for reading.


  244. ms.karma -  January 10, 2011 - 8:49 pm

    marx lenn mendoza: yeah right. haha. it’s fun. i don’t find it cool though. haha.

  245. Josh -  January 10, 2011 - 8:34 pm

    OOOooohhh fun.

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  246. )-(4(X312 -  January 10, 2011 - 8:22 pm

    1337 4150 (4/\/\3 !/\/70 3cs!574/\/(3 70 637 4120(_)/\/]) 73cs7 1=!1_73125

  247. 1337-is-my-3rd-language -  January 10, 2011 - 7:40 pm

    @niga higa, @kris, @Watevr: Trolls.

    @little: Those aren’t actually “13375p34k”, but txtspeak. 1337 isn’t used to abbreviate your conversation but to obscure its contents in a seemingly random mash of characters.

    @tigress: “1337speak” is short for “elite speak” rather “1337″ is short for “elite” (13375p34k =/= elite; 13375p34k == elite speak)

  248. ms.karma -  January 10, 2011 - 7:25 pm

    0]-[ ]v[y, 510w !N73RN37. ! ]-[@73 !7.

  249. lol rofl lmao roflmaool -  January 10, 2011 - 7:12 pm


  250. ms.karma -  January 10, 2011 - 7:09 pm

    ELLERY on January 10, 2011 at 9:24 am
    “tHERE was a new colloquial language developed in the Philippine which is primarily use in texting. The language is called jejenese and the people txting or saying it are called jejemons. example: Hello is written Elow or 3ow… Hi is H!, and many other complicated combination’s of letters,numbers,and signs.”

    ELLERY: oh, i guess you’re a filipino? jejejeje? haha.

  251. Lilly Archie -  January 10, 2011 - 6:52 pm

    To yo mamma cudos to u, who relly wanted 2 know this, lol

  252. \/1>&1l\l1@ -  January 10, 2011 - 6:51 pm

    Reminds me of how as a kid, my friends and I made words using a calculator turned upside down, or wrote notes using the letter after the one intended.

    So if |_337$p34|< uses symbols to graphically depict letters, and initialism is an phonetic word and first letter phrase abbreviation system, what do you call pictures made from letters and ASCII symbols? This one was my favorite: ^^o^^

  253. Lilly Archie -  January 10, 2011 - 6:48 pm

    thank u watevr, u said exactly what i was thinkin.

  254. W O W I E -  January 10, 2011 - 6:45 pm

    Wow! I wonder who first invented that! I don’t use that but I consider it interesting. I still don’t use it though.

    Peoples, please don’t use it just to be cool! Please, I beg of you, use it for a REAL reason, like “it’s easier” or “it’s quicker” or “my keyboard works really bad so I decided to fasten things up and use the text abbreviation words” or something… you know.

    Thanks! :) by the way, Happy New Year!

  255. jjjosh -  January 10, 2011 - 6:36 pm

    l337 = leet

    and no, all your texting abbreviations (gtg, lol, ttyl), which EVERYONE knows, are not 133t. don’t be ostentatious. like suggested, wikipedia it and see what it really is.

  256. jazzieb -  January 10, 2011 - 6:36 pm

    this is kinda cool

  257. ms.karma -  January 10, 2011 - 6:19 pm

    Mistress of Darkness on January 9, 2011 at 10:24 pm
    “We have our own name for those people who are making it difficult to read. They the… (drum rolls) JEJEMONS haha..”

    Mistress of Darkness: you filipino? haha.

  258. Marx Lenn Mendoza -  January 10, 2011 - 6:09 pm

    here in the philippines, we call it “jejemon”

  259. Roy -  January 10, 2011 - 6:04 pm

    It is a faster means for those who never learned the keyboard. If you have a qwerty keyboard on your phone and learned to type, then regular typing is much fster than txt abbreviations.

  260. SkyLight -  January 10, 2011 - 6:04 pm

    Only idiots use this type of language…they are murdering the English language day by day. My grade 9 teacher was just telling me how every year he’s noticing the kids are getting dumber, and I’m not surprised when this is the way they communicate. I’m 20 and have never typed this way and never will.

  261. me -  January 10, 2011 - 6:02 pm

    little, 1337 is leet!!

  262. maddie -  January 10, 2011 - 5:47 pm

    i hate homework!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  263. moe -  January 10, 2011 - 5:43 pm

    1!X3 7|-|!5
    means LIKE THIS

  264. leet -  January 10, 2011 - 5:37 pm

    I’ve heard of cavespeak but not Leetspeak

  265. soulflower -  January 10, 2011 - 5:19 pm

    1!x3 7|-|!5 spells “like this”

    1!x3 7|-|!5
    likE This

    get it?

    i’m not a fan of leet speak. it’s too much work. :)

  266. Ro -  January 10, 2011 - 5:07 pm

    little, read the other comments. It means leet. It also says so in the article.
    And FYI, abbreviations like ROFL dont count as leetspeak.

  267. People -  January 10, 2011 - 5:05 pm


  268. Tob -  January 10, 2011 - 5:05 pm

    There may be a difference between 1337 5p34k and txt tlk, but in my opinion, the end result is the same. It’s people trying to act cool and just ending up very annoying. Both methods should be used sparingly, I think. Because there aren’t many things more annoying to me than getting this text: rotflol btw 2mro im goin gtg tho ttyl cu 2mro.

  269. maddie -  January 10, 2011 - 5:01 pm

    i dont get it
    im only in third grade doing defintions for my school homework

  270. Vlek -  January 10, 2011 - 4:42 pm

    Well, first things first, the grammar is fine, but the content is lacking tremendously. You’re off the mark on a lot of things. You’re trying too hard, and I honestly Hate you for it. It’s not “Rotfl”, that’s too long. People write “rofl”. That’s not even l337! That’s just common internet acronyms! The language you’re trying to emulate and convey to others is obviously beyond you to grasp.

  271. Wilddwarf -  January 10, 2011 - 4:41 pm

    Dictionary.com thinks people’s eyes will “go bananas” when they see txt tlk, chatspeak, 1337, etc.,…and Dictionary.com is on the internet; the place where people use txt tlk, chatspeak, 1337, etc. This is what is called elitism, people.

  272. lakeisha B -  January 10, 2011 - 4:28 pm


  273. Carrie -  January 10, 2011 - 4:20 pm


  274. little -  January 10, 2011 - 4:10 pm

    TheMaster what is 1337??

  275. 133t 5|>34k3r -  January 10, 2011 - 4:08 pm

    How many thought of MegaTokyo when they read this? And for those that don’t know… 1!X3 7|-|!5 translates to “like this” in the English Language :P

  276. TheMaster -  January 10, 2011 - 3:58 pm

    Texting “Language” isn’t really a language. It’s a abbreviation system that people use.

    I used to know how to speak 1337 really well, but now I can’t remember most of it.

  277. fotoguy -  January 10, 2011 - 3:51 pm

    1!X3 7|-|!5 = Like this

    Took a while to figure that one out.

  278. 1337 7r4n514t0r -  January 10, 2011 - 3:48 pm

    For those wondering, “1!X3 7|-|!5″ just spells “like this.”

  279. Ausum -  January 10, 2011 - 3:42 pm

    Dont forget “nmjc.” Not much just chillin’.

  280. rianna -  January 10, 2011 - 3:40 pm

    What happened with AZERTY?

  281. Aly Jay -  January 10, 2011 - 3:39 pm

    1!X3 7|-|!5
    See the resemblance?

  282. Watevr -  January 10, 2011 - 3:38 pm

    And skyyyyy, thers LMAO: laff my a** off and ttfn: ta ta 4 now. And ikr: i know rite, idk: i dont know, and idc: i dont care. Duhz.

  283. Watevr -  January 10, 2011 - 3:34 pm

    Noooooo, leetness….. Leetspeek is not kool. Its dummmmmm.

  284. little -  January 10, 2011 - 3:34 pm

    ROFL= rolling on the floor laughing
    LOL= laugh out loud
    GTG or G2G= got to go
    TTYL= talk to you later
    ILY= i love you
    NP= no problem
    BC= because
    GR8= great
    L8R= later
    2MRO= tomorrow
    BTW=by the way
    JK= just kidding
    IDK= i dont know
    IDC= i dont care

    if u have any ?’s post below.

  285. natalie -  January 10, 2011 - 3:31 pm

    If 3=E and |-|= H, than 1!X3 7|-|!5 probably means Like This

  286. niga higa -  January 10, 2011 - 3:31 pm


  287. Linda -  January 10, 2011 - 3:29 pm

    Good grief!! It means -like this- I am 68 years old and I figured it out

  288. leetness -  January 10, 2011 - 3:24 pm

    1!X3 7|-|!5 means “like this”.

  289. carsy -  January 10, 2011 - 3:24 pm

    1!X3 7|-|!5 means “like this” for anyone who is wondering.

  290. brad -  January 10, 2011 - 3:15 pm

    it means like this :P i figured out myself

  291. L8ter -  January 10, 2011 - 3:14 pm

    I use this system 2 type faster like instead of saying later i say l8er it makes it much easier!!!!!! :)

  292. Yes -  January 10, 2011 - 3:09 pm

    1!X3 7|-|!5 means Like This

  293. tigress -  January 10, 2011 - 3:06 pm

    ‘leetspeak’ is short for ‘elite’?? maybe it’s because i rarely text and don’t blog, but that seems counterproductive to me.

  294. lori -  January 10, 2011 - 3:02 pm

    A subject i know little about. I hope someone answers John’s and the Viking’s question. I’m curious too.

  295. theawesome -  January 10, 2011 - 3:01 pm

    whoa thats amazing still dont get it\

    hahahahahahahashhahhhhahhahahhh h3!p

  296. che -  January 10, 2011 - 2:35 pm

    When you were a kid, did you ever make up a secret code with 1 or 2 of your best friends? It was cool; nobody else knew what you were writing or speaking about. It gave a feeling of importance and “I’m in control here”;( grown-ups and others of your choosing were excluded). It was fun for a while; and after a time, you grew out of it. Are today’s texting hierogliphics fads? What will the next “exclusive language” for short and shallow communications be?

  297. kris -  January 10, 2011 - 2:26 pm

    seriously this is so freaking stupid. only no life people would use those

  298. kris -  January 10, 2011 - 2:24 pm

    seriously this is so freaking stupid.

  299. EmpressSilla -  January 10, 2011 - 2:20 pm

    1!X3 7|-|!5 means “like this”
    |_337$p34|< means "leetspeak"

  300. elitist -  January 10, 2011 - 2:05 pm

    1!X3 7|-|!5 spells ‘like this’

    1 – ‘L’
    ! – ‘I’
    X – ‘K’
    3 – ‘E’

    7 – ‘T’
    |-| – ‘H’
    ! – ‘I’
    5 – ‘S’

  301. Ubuntor -  January 10, 2011 - 1:47 pm

    1!X3 7|-|!5 means “like this”, with “!”s being “i”s, “X” being “k”, “5″ being “s”, and “7″ being “T”.

  302. Visolela -  January 10, 2011 - 1:16 pm

    The key to “1337″ is to look at it as though it were a picture – or a word written by someone just starting to write.(in this case leet). The key to “txt” speak is to consider the way it sounds when you say it – just like the example provided by another user: gr8 (gr + eight = great). “Initialism” is used in both (Lol) – this is actually an interesting study in communication – the difference between the three.

    Btw: 1!X3 7|-|!5 when seen as a picture: LIKE THIS (lowercase l can be confused with 1, ! is an upside down i, X has the same “body” as K and 3 is a backwards 3 – 7 is a T, |-| looks like an H, !=i, and 5 looks like an S)

  303. g33kgrrl -  January 10, 2011 - 1:01 pm

    P.S. And yes, as iPAPOTE points out, within geek circles it is usually just referred to as I337 or I337 5p34k.

  304. iPAPOTE -  January 10, 2011 - 9:29 am

    It is called l337 (Leet)

  305. ELLERY -  January 10, 2011 - 9:24 am

    tHERE was a new colloquial language developed in the Philippine which is primarily use in texting. The language is called jejenese and the people txting or saying it are called jejemons. example: Hello is written Elow or 3ow… Hi is H!, and many other complicated combination’s of letters,numbers,and signs.

  306. Gymnast -  January 10, 2011 - 9:16 am

    This is really confusing for me. I don’t understand it lol. Butt i am always confused(:

  307. The Viking -  January 10, 2011 - 9:07 am

    So what does 1!X3 7|-|!5 actually mean?

  308. leetness -  January 10, 2011 - 8:50 am

    |_337$p34|< is cool.

  309. Ol Chris -  January 10, 2011 - 8:37 am

    Texting started with kids. This has suddenly become popular with adults; the exact opposite of how trends usually work. I am too damn lazy to text. Talking on the phone is much easier for me.

  310. .l. -.- .l. -  January 10, 2011 - 8:13 am


  311. doris_online -  January 10, 2011 - 8:03 am

    i find leetspeak much too hard to use – it’s cool but text language is much easier :-)

  312. cayla -  January 10, 2011 - 8:02 am

    wow my bf’s cousin txt’s like that i am a short fast txter

  313. ladeeda -  January 10, 2011 - 8:00 am

    cool! My birthday was yesterday!!!

  314. Gentleman Jim -  January 10, 2011 - 7:52 am

    Erin, you reminded me of the BBS systems I used that had the “cuss filter”. We could not use words like “wristwatch” and “sweetwater” because of the embedded “tw” word! But there were clever ways to type out wristwatch, along with the real obscene words!

  315. Saul Rivera -  January 10, 2011 - 7:49 am


  316. Mark V -  January 10, 2011 - 7:46 am

    “Internet culture often thrives in counterintuitive ways.”

    This is the most accurate explaination of this that ive ever seen. =D

  317. yo mama -  January 10, 2011 - 7:34 am

    this is so retarded who would put that on the internet

  318. blahblahblah -  January 10, 2011 - 7:12 am

    heeeeeeeeeeeeeehehehehehe… as f v dnt kno sms lan …………………..ik ik t dsnt mek sense!!!!!!!!D:

  319. CrestuckyMatt -  January 10, 2011 - 6:44 am

    7|-|15 |5 @ \/\/ 3 5 0 /\/\ 3

  320. cece101 -  January 10, 2011 - 6:37 am


  321. Not emo.....not gothic.....just different. -  January 10, 2011 - 5:46 am

    Me and my friends us these all the time! It is so much easier to use than typing out the word like instead of saying great we use gr8. It is just how we talk and if y’all don’t like it then go jump off a cliff……..better yet let me push ya off!!!!!

  322. john -  January 10, 2011 - 2:55 am

    Interesting, but what does 1!X3 7|-|!5 spell?

  323. skyyyyy -  January 9, 2011 - 11:35 pm

    LOL = Laugh out loud
    ROFL = Roll on floor laugh
    GTFO = Get the f*** out
    STFU = Shut the f*** up
    L33T = Elite
    ILY = I love you
    TTYL = Talk to you later
    GTG = Got to go
    IDGAF = I don’t give a f***

    weeeee i cant remember if i know any other ones but this is all i can think of :D

  324. Mistress of Darkness -  January 9, 2011 - 10:24 pm

    We have our own name for those people who are making it difficult to read. They the… (drum rolls) JEJEMONS haha..

  325. Osaka -  January 9, 2011 - 6:38 am

    The guy who wrote this article is an idiot using language to big themselves up when they can’t even use language properly to begin with.

    You could have communicated double, using half as many words.

  326. Chocolatcafe -  January 9, 2011 - 6:35 am

    Wow! Ok, I hv a headache now, ima put my comp to bed, lol

  327. J -  January 9, 2011 - 5:15 am

    WOW! Very informative. Loved it. I’m one of those people who learns new words by looking up their definitions as I come across them and later using them as becomes appropriate. I’m not a big “texter” but I loved reading and learning about the “whys” of the “what” they do and use to communicate. Good on ya! Thanks : )

  328. Saf -  January 9, 2011 - 3:16 am

    What Erin said.
    It was originally to circumvent filters. Not necessarily profanity filters. “Leetspeak” was invented by hackers who didn’t want their conversations to be archivable, so sensitive words would have random letters replaced by similar-looking characters. The human eye can read it, but a computer can’t.


  329. erin -  January 9, 2011 - 1:40 am

    well, i know it was also used to get around automated censorship on message boards, etc.

  330. LMAO!!! -  January 9, 2011 - 12:19 am

    “Another theory claims that Leetspeak evolved simply out of the desire of *COMPUTERS* to show how clever and exclusive they could be.”

    It ought to be “COMPUTER USERS,” and not “COMPUTERS.”

  331. boo boo : ) -  January 8, 2011 - 9:41 pm

    Ouch! This seems like way too much extra work for Boo Boo.


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