translation of the title of this post:
people who write in leet drive me nuts
What is leet? According to Wikipedia: Leet is a slang term used primarily on the Internet, particularly in online games. It is derived from the word Elite, meaning 'better than the rest,' and generally has the same meaning when referring to the skills of another person.
The reason I bring this all up is that I ran across the blog of an acquaintance who spells random words and names with this goofy way of spelling. The posts have nothing to do with geekery or games or hacking. It’s 4ll ju5t 3v3ryd4y 5h!7 with stupid characters thrown in. (See? I couldn’t even keep it going for that whole sentence.)
I use very little ‘leet’ or text message style spellings. I use w00t because it’s cute and a good expression of joy or approval. I use a handful of text message abbreviations such as LOL and IMHO, but generally speaking, these drive me nuts too if used to much. I am possibly the worst mobile phone text message author due to my need to spell everything out longhand. (You should see how long it takes me, but it’s worth it for my sanity.)
I realise that a post proclaiming my general mild irritation with the trend is inviting comments in such a style, so go on – if you got it flaunt it. Give me your best comment in 1337.* If you don’t, I’ll just presume that you’re actually too cool for 1337 anyway. 😉
*You can find a transliteration chart at the Wikipedia link in the beginning of this post.