Leet speak

I don’t think I’ve had a more wrong conception of something in all my life! Urgh…I think I’ll leave the confessions of my ignorance for a more mentally stable day, but let me put it this way…I adamantly argued that leetspeak came about from World of Warcraft, last night! Terribly embarrassing – at some point I need to acknowledge the fact that I don’t know what I’m talking about!
So I took the advice of some much smarter people and wikipediad (huh…can I do the noun thing here, like we do with Googled?) leetspeak! And OMFG! I’m not even sure I want to know all this! It’s just too much!
I much rather preferred my own definition that leetspeak was a complete language for elite gamers using numbers and letters, that wanted to communicate with hordes (or whatever) but were restricted with language difficulties. I suppose that’s what it is, but I’m still not comfortable saying that acronyms such as ROTFL, WTF, AFK and words such as nerf and w00t are leetspeak. I know these acronyms and a few words, but I’m sure as hell not qualified for leetspeak! There has to be another definition. Wikipedia mentions AOL speak, which I’m obviously not comfortable with. I want to say MMORPG chatting language, but that’s just nonsense as well.
I think I’m just going to have to teach myself 1337, I just have no choice! Which will definately gain som nerd points but I’m wondering if it will decrease the snob points (will come back to this)!

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2 thoughts on “Leet speak

  1. :) Har aldri hørt om noen som “vil lære” 1337. “Språket” har jo ingen regler, om du skulle putte inn en ekstra skrivefeil (som jeg gjør i alt skriftlig), så er det ingen som merker det, eller arresterer deg. Kun noen få konvensjoner (tall for bokstaver, flere tegn som likner på en bokstav er ok, frkortsler, store/små bokstaver om hverandre og pøs på med utropstegn), og aller er omtrent alt “lov”.Er ikke alltid sett på som et språk du skryter av dette. Se på denne f.eks.

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