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Leet Speak

Leet Speak

Date: Feb 17 2006

Intro

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W31©øm3 ßa©X! #øw a®3 ¥øµ? 7øða¥ w3\’®3 fø©µ51ñ6 øñ 1337 5þ3aX.

Understand? No? Neither do I.

Leet speak is a unique way of writing on the internet. It can be very complex and confusing, though most of us know or have seen some simple forms of Leet speak, such as “TTFN” for “ta ta for now” or “C U L8R” for “see you later!”

Listen to Taylor tell me about Leet speak.

Dialog

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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.

Dave

Dave

Taylor

Taylor

Dave:  This friend in Japan just emailed me and says that she wants me to teach her, you know, those little acronyms on email: “LOL” or “TTFN.”

Taylor:  “Leet speak.”

Dave:  What’s it called?

Taylor:  “Leet speak.” That’s an expansion of some of those abbreviations.

Dave:  Okay, yeah.

Taylor:  “You got owned.”

Dave:  “You got owned?”

Taylor:  Yeah, you know, there’s a saying: “You got owned,” and it comes from hacker terminology for having your server, ah, hijacked by somebody else.

Dave:  Oh.

Taylor:  It’s not just “owned,” you know. It’s “0WN3D.”

Dave:  Oh, okay.

Taylor:  You know, you change all the letters.

Dave:  Are you pretty proficient in all those little acronymns?

Taylor:  I know most of them, you know. The number one is, of course, “BRB” – “Be right back.”

Dave:  Ah, right. What are the other more common ones?

Taylor:  “TTYL” – “Talk to you later.”

Dave:  Okay.

Taylor:  There’s, ah, “TGIF,” of course, which is a classic in American culture.

Dave:  “Thank God it’s Friday!”

 

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Discussion

Leet speak is being used more and more in text messaging from mobile phones, emails, and online chat rooms. Here are some basic terms:

TTYL = Talk to you later.

L8R G8R = Later Gator.

LOL = Laugh out loud; Lots of love.

J/K = Just joking!

BTW = By the way.

10q = Thank you.

To see more Leet speak terms, check out this site:

Internet Slang

 

Comments

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samirah

samirah

Saudi Arabia

10q Englishbaby

06:39 AM Oct 14 2017 |

kimnga

kimnga

Viet Nam

I wonder if this Leek Speak is used at work.

07:30 AM Aug 12 2014 |

Samer Noufal

Jordan

HelloLaughing

 

01:14 PM Aug 28 2009 |

kitty4

India

is that so

12:16 PM Feb 08 2008 |

aldeem

aldeem

Saudi Arabia

think you 1337 Sealed

03:29 AM Nov 14 2007 |

renwda

renwda

Canada

Hilarious

 

04:24 AM Oct 04 2007 |

reelex

Canada

freak’n awesome~ love it.

05:05 PM Feb 20 2006 |

FlyingCat

FlyingCat

China

oh,it does make great sense,and at first i thought that LOL is just a sign like to open your mouth and break out into a laughter:(

05:57 AM Feb 17 2006 |

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