I don’t normally post this close together, but this couldn’t wait.
Some of you know that I work on Carl and Pam’s Sims 3 Forum. For those of you who don’t know that, well… now you do. One of my duties is to maintain our Facebook page. I was looking at some statistics tonight and saw something that is part funny and part horrifying. (Click for a larger image.)
They have actually listed Leet Speak as a language. As a LANGUAGE! It was less than a year ago that it came up in a conversation with Carl himself and he had to explain to me what leet speak is. I was bemused at the time, but now it’s more like horrified when I see it listed as a LANGUAGE!!
A form of writing whereby some letters in a word are replaced by a numerical likeness or other letters that create an identical or similar sound.
This style of writing was originally in use by hackers who were attempting to bypass word-filtering on mail servers. For instance, they would use the term ‘haxorz’ to replace ‘hackers’. Internet users new to hacking adopted the style in an attempt to emulate those more experienced, and usage became widely spread.
In recent times the method is almost never used to avoid word-filtering software, but rather to satirise script kiddies and 12 year olds, or to abbreviate for faster typing. It’s interesting to note that in most cases it takes more time to type in leetspeak (due to the constant swapping between numbers and letters) than it would take to just type the words properly.
When using leetspeak, you should be aware that you are almost definitely coming across as a moron.
Person A: ph34r my 1337 hax0rz ski11z
Person B: What?
Here, Person A appears to be of below average intellect, due to his/her liberal use of leetspeak.
I’m sorry, but no, leet is not a real language. It’s just not. I’ve been calling this “text speak” when I refer to it most of the time. It annoys me a great deal. I hate it. This kind of nonsense makes me truly worry for my retirement years and the generations to come. I’m not even kidding.