1337 – LEET

Yesterday I got this badge. I commented on how random this was, the curioisty of what this was about got to me so much I google’d it and I found out something to share with you all.

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1337 referrs to a language called Leet the rest of what I found out can be found here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leet

This is an excerpt:

Leet (or “1337“), also known as eleet or leetspeak, is an alternative alphabet for the English language that is used primarily on the Internet. It uses various combinations of ASCII characters to replace Latinate letters. For example, leet spellings of the word leet include 1337 and l33t; eleet may be spelled 31337 or 3l33t.

The term leet is derived from the word elite. The leet alphabet is a specialized form of symbolic writing. Leet may also be considered a substitution cipher, although many dialects or linguistic varieties exist in different online communities. The termleet is also used as an adjective to describe formidable prowess or accomplishment, especially in the fields of online gamingand in its original usage – computer hacking.

Now you know… not random!

Simon 🙂

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