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Kim Komando's weekly column is about "leetspeak". I found it highly amusing.


THE WEEKLY COLUMN: Kids online use leetspeak

Ever see something like this in a chat session or on game site?
533 m`/ m4d 1337 s|"and "<" can both represent
a "v." Put them together, and they become an "x."

Rules of grammar don't apply. Misspellings are not only fine, but often
encouraged. Some leetists capitalize every letter while others drop
vowels altogether. Also, typos, such as "teh" instead of "the," are
left in as a matter of pride.

Letters are also often replaced with phonetically similar letters
or combinations of letters. "Ph" instead of "F" is one example.
You'll also frequently see "z" replace "s," particularly at the end
of plural words.

And, of course, abbreviations are very common. Rather than type a full
word, leetists will sometimes use just one letter or number. Examples
include "u" for "you" and "2" for "too." Of course, we've seen similar
abbreviations elsewhere.

"M4d" is used for emphasis. One might write "m4d skillz" to say someone
is highly capable. Emphasis is also attained by adding "orz" to the end
of a word.

For the most part, leet is just a different way of writing common
words. However, leet words have emerged, and more are
likely to follow. Here are some common leet words:
Kewl = cool
N00b or newbie = a new user
D00d = dude
R0x0r = rocks, meaning something is cool
W00t or \o/ = woohoo

If you're a parent, pay attention to the following list. These words
can point to illegal activities or indicate your child is a bully:
H4x = hack
Warez or w4rez = illegal software
Pr0n = porn
Sploitz = exploits, or software vulnerabilities
0\/\/n3d or pwn3d = an assertion of superiority

Leetspeek continues to evolve as people add to it. It also becomes more
complicated as leeters attempt to show off their skills. Some leetists
use what they term uber-leet or advanced leet.

There are translators available that claim to convert leet to English
or vice versa. But these don't work very well. For a list of letters
and common leet equivalents, visit my Web site:
http://komando.com/tips_show.asp?showID=8573

There, you could have easily figured out that the mumbo-jumbo in the
first paragraph of this column means, "See my mad leet skills."

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