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l337 Ch1cK

L33t The Language of Generation Z. Hello everybody, hope you enjoyed the piece on Embracing Generation Z. Today, i plan to further explore that generation. Netspeak or better known as L33t is a cultural phenomenon of Gen Z. It is a language which has evolved from English, it is the language of internet generation. I would like to call it the accidental language, as it developed because of the need of fast texting for various purposes. Some just started using l33t out of sheer creativity, some did it to maximise credit value on teir cellphones, some were just lazy, and some just didnt know how to spell. It is now a global cultural phenomenon which has gained global recognition when Merriam-Webster named “w00t” 2007 word of the year.Trust me, i am sure all of you reading this have used l33t in one way or another, be it e-mail, instant meassanging, or even SMS. I am sure you have used these “words” like “CU” for “see you”, “BRB” for “be right back”, “TTYL” for “talk to you later”, “LOL” for “laughing out loud”, “ROFL” for “rolling on floor laughing”, “gtg” for “got to go”, “wtf” for..well..you get the idea. The term “L33t” stands for elite, it was a language developed by hackers who used l33t vocabulary to communicate secretively and to bypass censors in forums and chat rooms.

However l33t has been around since Generation X, remember the time when pagers were popular? Many were allready doing number spelling for years. Infact l33t first came about when calculators were invented, as some bored young fella spelled “HELLO” (07734 upside down).l33t however developed a lot after the birth of the cyber age.l33t has also developed into a computer programming language. l33t has become a defining aspect of a generation brought up on the Internet (Gen Z). Some consider emoticons😉, like smiley faces, but others (just like those national language for Science and Maths proponents)maintain that l33t should only consist of symbolic word encryption.

Old people, most often tend to dismiss the credibility of l33t as a proper language, and condemnd it as a corruption of modern language. However dont be mislead by such static opinions, believe it or not l33t has its own grammar, vocabulary, and system of rhyming and rhythm. David Crystal, a language historian at the University of Wales said, “Rather than condemning it, we should be exulting in the fact that the Internet is allowing us to once more explore the power of the written language in a creative way”, explaining that the Internet “is fostering new kinds of creativity through language. It’s the beginning of a new stage in the evolution of the written language and a new motivation for child and adult literacy.”

Here are some example of l33t language and its translation, infact i had translated this whole article into l33t!. Embrace Generation Z!

English: “Kids will form their own civilization in leet speak.”

Leet: “k1D2 W1Ll ph0R|\/| 7H31R 0w|\| C1\/1l124710|\| 1|\|  L337 5p34K”

Advanced leet: “|<1|)2 \|/1|_|_ |>|-|0R|\/| T|-|31r 0\|/|\| (1\/1l124T10|\| 1|\|  l33T 5|>33|<”

L337

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11 Responses

  1. aI_7I-I0I_I6I-I 175 7OI_I6I-I, bI_I7 175 1I\I7e.-e571I\I6!
    (although its tough, its interesting!) am i ri8?

  2. what da f**k ? this is total crap dude. either u are stone out or i’m jz plain old douche bag!

  3. Tuju your just plain old douche bag!. Try looking up l33t on wikipedia!!!

  4. Wao… Aishah, your have embraced generation Z!!!

  5. WH@ 73H phUx0R 0N 34R7H 12 7H12 0lDM4n cr4pp1n9.
    To Tuju, crap is what you get when you grow old and try to make sense of the young. L33t is evolution in the making, it is an advance language as it is right now. It is used in computer programming, this is a new age social phenomenon.

  6. dude,

    i’m not saying that what u wrote crap. what i’m saying is those written language (not spoken) are totally totally incomprehensible. u cant change much on the sound that came out from ur mouth. the sound is still the same. there is no changes whatsoever.

    the only change is the way its written. going back to the question of what is language, in its most basic basic definition – language simply sound or sounds that come out from ur mouth. thats all.

    u might change the way u writes but the sound of it is still the same.

    and the other pretty much important point is that in any language u cannot run away from analysing its foundation. what is the foundation of generation z language? its foundation no matter how it was written, it is still English rooted in Anglo-Saxon tradition of linguistic structure.

    so, for me its crap to say that it is a new language coz it aint new at all dude. its a mere simplified written form of a internet language which is still founded within the foundation and structure of English language.

    phUx0R – this i totally understand because phUx0R is what all of us need! everybody need to unload their tension once in a while. hahaha

    aint bad for an old douche bag like me, aint it?

  7. actually, your really bad… dissmissing l337 as crap is something most people from generation X do. l337 is no crap, and what you just commented is simply basic lee7, which in l337 standards is kindergarten stuff. Try reading advance l33t. l33t is online language, that means you just need a keyboard to communicate, its not an effective verbal communication tool, and as i mentioned it an evolution of language. Just like how english used to be Anglo-Saxon. English was a German dialect, and evolved into modern day English. So has l33t and l337 has its foundation not only in English but also major languages of the world such as Germany, Japanese, Korean, Esperanto and so on.

    Heck, your noobz anyway.

  8. dude,

    if the chick that wear the shirt that says, “if u can read this u really need to get laid” is the kind chicks that i would get laid if i migrate from generation X to generation Z, then i’m all for generation Z language!

    long live L33t!

  9. slm best gak blog bro

  10. actually english comes from latin which developed completely separate from the barbaric german tribes thank u very much.
    as 4 l33t it rox for screen names & stuff but advanced l337 is 2 inefficient compared 2 shorthand or idk the official name 4 abbreviations is

  11. lol i rememer wen et used tu bee abowt mispeleen an not abowt pooteen nomers in teh werds

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