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If you have teenagers with cell phones they are no doubt spending many, many hours a month texting their friends.  An entire language used in texting has evolved known as leetspeak (l33t in texting language), short for elite speak, which kids are using for texting quickly […]

If you have teenagers with cell phones they are no doubt spending many, many hours a month texting their friends.  An entire language used in texting has evolved known as leetspeak (l33t in texting language), short for elite speak, which kids are using for texting quickly and more easily.  Microsoft has published an article that explains the most common acronyms and helps parents understand what their kids are saying.   A Parent’s Primer to Computer Slang is a good article for every parent to read.

  1. when I was a teenager I couldnt be bothered to write anything at all in leet speek.

    for one, it sucks. excuse the word but its just that. you’re not cool just because you write stuff like h4x or w4r3z.

    then, most people I texted wouldnt even know what I meant if I say “dude teh p4rty! wa$ kewl, teh |-|@m wa$ yu// // y” (dude, the party was cool, the ham was yummy) and would just look pity me for my inferior writing skills.

    I dont even remember using stuff like “u” instead of you or b4 instead of before in text messages.

    its pointless and its pretty childish in my mind.

    however, I have to say I find myself using stuff like “lol” or “lmao” in chats (and not in text messages) because those acronyms are typed out faster than laughing out loud etc.

    more information on leetspeak: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leetspeak

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  2. Wow, this is completely wrong. l33t speak came about from gamers online, it has nothing to do with text messaging.. people use shorthand like “r u there” (which annoys the crap out of me) for texts, not l33t speak. Anyone who knows the origins of this would agree.

    It WAS cool for a little while about.. 6 years ago (1999ish)? Until everyone learned it back in, oh, 2001 or so, then it was just lame. ;)

    -arebelspy

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  3. What’s wrong with this Microsoft article is who it’s directed to–parents.

    This article is really h4x0r $p34k…hacker speak.

    In Atlanta, they ran a news story on this for PARENTS and gave some great shorthand and a Website:

    http://www.netlingo.com/emailsh.cfm

    Examples:
    NIFOC Nude In Front Of The Computer (This is not good if you’re a parent)
    A/S/L Age/Sex/Location (Can we say 40-yr old pedophile?)
    AB Ass Backwards (swearing)
    AFDN Any F***ing Day Now (swearing)

    Hey my man, what it look like? PHAT. 8)

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  4. l33t is not used for texting. People use abbreviations for texting, like they do in instant messaging and chat. For most teens it’s about speed and saving on characters, so l33t would definitely be the wrong ‘language’ for this.

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  5. I have two teenagers who started out using AIM and graduated to texting on cell phones. They both use a variant of l33t.

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  6. katie mayerchak Thursday, March 10, 2005

    [337 15 [1|<3 |/|'/ ||471/3 [4||9|_|493 0|< ||0+ |234[['/ b|_|7 b3[13/3 1+ 0|2 ||07 ||0+ |/|4||'/ pp] |<||0// 7|2|_|3 [33+

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  7. katie,

    Does it equal 12? ;)

    My favorite kid SMS abbreviation is…
    PIR = Parent in Room (so be quiet and throw your clothes back on)…

    It’s wonderful to be a parent these days. 8)

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  8. haha back in my day it was pos (parent over shoulder). ahh the mid 90s, back when i had to convince everyone aim > icq :P

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  9. 1337 Has absolutely nothing to do with text messaging.

    Try reading about IRC, the early 90’s and h4x0rZ.

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