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A parent's primer to computer slang
posted by LimePi (51 comments total)

 
0hz fux m4ng d1s b3 s0m3 w4ck sh1t

pwn b1tchez

0nly f4c1stz d3l3t3 my c0mm3ntz y0
posted by Dreamghost at 12:31 AM on February 17, 2005


u rox0rs, dr34mGh0st. Kewl.
posted by LeLiLo at 12:38 AM on February 17, 2005


Characters of similar appearance can be used to replace the letters they resemble. For example, "5" or even "$" can replace the letter S.

M$ 5uxx0rz
posted by loquacious at 12:38 AM on February 17, 2005


n0 1 eve|\| u$e5 l33t |_|n1r()nical|_y ne m0re, its bn rplcd by txt spk
posted by abcde at 12:48 AM on February 17, 2005


Teens' online lingo leaves parents baffled (syndicated in my hometown paper the other day); download the TeenAngels Chat Translator.
posted by dhartung at 12:49 AM on February 17, 2005


"If you spot your child using any of those words online, please let us know as we've got some serious holes in our software and would love to find the people responsible for expoliting them. Thanks!"
posted by TheDonF at 12:58 AM on February 17, 2005


except w00t isn't from woohoo. it's from we own the other team.
ph234k1n9 n3\\/65.
posted by juv3nal at 1:09 AM on February 17, 2005


1 C4N'+ 8eLI3V3 Th4+ 50ME0n3 W45 P41d +O wRITe +h@+!!
L0LeRsk8tz!!!!
posted by jba at 1:30 AM on February 17, 2005


what, no LOLLERSKATES?
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 1:31 AM on February 17, 2005


tr8rz.
posted by adzm at 1:38 AM on February 17, 2005


it's from we own the other team.

I did not know this.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:50 AM on February 17, 2005


I didn't know that either. By the way, I'm in ur base, killin ur d00ds.
posted by chrid at 1:56 AM on February 17, 2005



posted by grouse at 2:00 AM on February 17, 2005


except w00t isn't from woohoo. it's from we own the other team.
hmmm...actually, looks like I may be wrong about that.
seems to be forever obscured in the mists of internet lore.
posted by juv3nal at 2:03 AM on February 17, 2005


I don't remember "woot" ever being an acronym, and I first saw "woot" typed nearly twenty years ago. I'm pretty sure that the First Person Shooter realm - I'm assuming that's the claimed source - can't claim to have invented it.

As far as my crusty, crufty old geek brain recalls, it is an exclamation, but probably not shorthand for "woohoo". I'm dubious about it being an acronym. This sounds like one of those reverse acronyms, where something was made up after the original use and meaning was "lost".
posted by loquacious at 2:10 AM on February 17, 2005


loquaicious truly living out his namesake :P

I can't believe microsoft has this article posted under "Safety". The link between this sort of behavior has more in common with general technological retardation, overuse of chat rooms and faux h@x0r skills than actual compromising of microsoft's hole-y software(s).

Wait, am i allowed to say that under the most current MS EULA?
posted by phylum sinter at 2:32 AM on February 17, 2005


What next? Our youth falling for the satanic clutch of jazz music?
posted by Dean Keaton at 2:36 AM on February 17, 2005


"leet speak"

WTF?
posted by squirrel at 3:24 AM on February 17, 2005


The "roflcopter" is very funny thanks for sharing it.
posted by mokey at 3:52 AM on February 17, 2005


The Internet isn't the thing that's messing our kids up so much. It's thins Nintendo Z-Box crap I keep hearing about! Madden this, Madden, that! I thought he only did football? It's not enough to get the youngsters the games they want, but they want to talk to each other while playing to! So that the TV set acts like a phone!

HAVE YOU HEARD SOME OF THE LANGUAGE THEY USE ON THEIR NINTENDO Z-BOX MACHINES? It's downright disgusting! I wouldn't even talk to my own parents like that!

And when you get them their games, of course THAT'S NEVER ENOUGH. THEY HAVE THE NERVE TO TELL YOU THEY NEED ALL-NEW VERSIONS OF THE SAME GAMES YOU BOUGHT THEM BECAUSE THE ONE YOU GOT THE BEFORE WAS LAST YEAR'S VERSION. I mean, what, these things are like food now? They get stale in a few months, and you can't use them? No wonder children are so screwed up!
posted by Smart Dalek at 4:02 AM on February 17, 2005


Thus, the word "ham" could be written as "|-|4/\/\."

I honestly believe no one has ever rendered the word "ham" like that before.

"d00 j00 71k3 gr33n 3gg$ & |-|4/\/\?"
"n0 $4/\/\-1-4/\/\, 7h3y r teh sux0rs."
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 4:03 AM on February 17, 2005


god that hurts to read.

I never did understand it, so this was helpful. I still don't understand why anyone would take the time to type like that. I must be way older than my 31!
posted by evening at 4:15 AM on February 17, 2005


... and pull up those pants, boy! And tie your shoes! And take that metal out of your face!

Kids today. Sheesh.
posted by kcds at 4:35 AM on February 17, 2005


goodnewsfortheinsane -- bringing the magic of Dr. Seuss to a whole new generation, and exploding the minds of a generation of others.
posted by Reto at 4:39 AM on February 17, 2005


"d00 j00 71k3 gr33n 3gg$ & |-|4/\/\?"
"n0 $4/\/\-1-4/\/\, 7h3y r teh sux0rs."

wel that did make me laugh. in fact I laughed so hard I sh@ my pantz

/got nothing
posted by Frasermoo at 4:41 AM on February 17, 2005


Metafilter: Online video game bullies.
posted by rxrfrx at 5:27 AM on February 17, 2005


Doesn't 'woot' come from the Arsineo Hall show?
posted by es_de_bah at 5:41 AM on February 17, 2005


The first series [of leetspeek words] is of particular concern, as their use could be an indicator that your teenager is involved in the theft of intellectual property, particularly licensed software.

Obviously much more concerning than, oh I don't know, your kid being groomed online by a paedophile or something...
posted by runkelfinker at 5:56 AM on February 17, 2005


oh yea <3 the http://roflcopter.com/roflcopter.gif !
i know the url by heart for practical use!
and here's my take on the w00t ..! (shamelessly st0len somewhere)
posted by zenzizi at 5:56 AM on February 17, 2005


Bcu2 3vry1 kn0s 133t 15 teh 98w4 lin90 2 c0pyr19ht nfr1n93m3nt.
posted by Songdog at 6:42 AM on February 17, 2005


Doesn't 'woot' come from the Arsineo Hall show?

Hadn't thought about it before, but you're right, people were saying "woot!" to refer to that Arsenio Hall call back in 1989.
posted by Bugbread at 6:47 AM on February 17, 2005


Rules of grammar are rarely obeyed.

ZOMG! My child talks like that all the time! I had no idea...!

This is one of the funniest threads I've read in a while, thanks especially to goodnewsfortheinsane.

And y'know, it's good to see all this inside information in print.
posted by soyjoy at 7:11 AM on February 17, 2005


Between this and the Wikipedia entry on Leet, I now enough to communicate with all you youngins on Metafilter.

H3y u k1dz, 637 0ph my 1@wn!!!
posted by casu marzu at 7:39 AM on February 17, 2005


That's got to be written by some geek who was quietly laughing to himself about it in the shower afterwards... it's too much satire to not be intentional satire.
posted by chmmr at 7:39 AM on February 17, 2005


I love to see that Microsoft is trying to compete with Time and Newsweek in the explaining-ten-year-old-trends-to-suburban-parents market.
posted by acid freaking on the kitty at 8:44 AM on February 17, 2005


p0+?
posted by Capn at 9:08 AM on February 17, 2005


Leet words possibly indicating illegal activity:


"warez" or "w4r3z": Illegally copied software available for download.


BUWAHAHAHAHAHAHA
posted by a3matrix at 9:30 AM on February 17, 2005


From the cyberbullies article linked on that page.

"6. Report game glitches. Work with your child to identify exploitable glitches in the game or new methods of cheating. Report these to the game site administrator."

Yeah. And while you're doing that, I'm teaching my kid to exploit them to pwn j00.
posted by eyeballkid at 10:43 AM on February 17, 2005


7|-|@7 \/\/@5 50 Fu|\||\|33!!111!!

Jesus. This shit is unreadable.
posted by rooftop secrets at 12:25 PM on February 17, 2005


What next? Our youth falling for the satanic clutch of jazz music? --by Dean Keaton

OH NOES!!1!
posted by dejah420 at 1:07 PM on February 17, 2005


ROFLMAOWMPAMAAABSUMA
posted by drezdn at 1:55 PM on February 17, 2005


That guide makes a mockery of my 411 J0R B453 iZ B|0|\|95 2 |\/|3 tattoo.
posted by cosmonik at 1:56 PM on February 17, 2005


I'm teaching my kid to exploit them to pwn j00.

my kid pwnz ur honor student.

Now there is a geek parent bummer sticker. I'm gonna email Thinkgeek right now.
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 2:00 PM on February 17, 2005


OMG! ROFLMAO @ eyeballkid. Also, MiltonRandKalman: please, please do that. I would buy one and I don't even have a kid.
posted by nTeleKy at 3:52 PM on February 17, 2005


-:- BitchX: Help on Topic:
Usage: /say - [-c for cool -a for annoy -e for elite]
- Says whatever you write in either cool, annoy or elite format

for those wondering who would take the time to write like that, a lot of us didnt have to since BitchX did it for us ;¬) sadly, this was disabled a couple years ago...so I can't demonstrate

posted by gren at 5:52 PM on February 17, 2005


My favorite part is where Microsoft shows their hand:
The first series is of particular concern, as their use could be an indicator that your teenager is involved in the theft of intellectual property, particularly licensed software.
posted by smackfu at 6:46 PM on February 17, 2005


Also, A parent's guide to internet acronyms.
posted by smackfu at 6:50 PM on February 17, 2005


At my high school, "woot" was the username of the fake (but equally powerful) superuser setup by the crackin' kids on the UNIX minicomputers...
posted by weston at 8:20 PM on February 17, 2005


my kid pwnz ur honor student.

That proposed bumper sticker, how you say, r0xx0rz. Sign me up for five of 'em!

posted by soyjoy at 9:23 AM on February 18, 2005


Eh.. that last part was not a quote, it was me. I was so excited I couldn't remember to close the tag.

Also, I was born in a barn.
posted by soyjoy at 9:24 AM on February 18, 2005


Well I emailed "neo" at thinkgeek let's see if they take the bait.

Or you can just D/L the PDF I made in 10 seconds
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 2:26 PM on February 18, 2005


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