July 2005


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Ph34r teh 1337 9r4/\/\4r

A parent’s primer to computer slang

No, I am not kidding. To wit:

While it’s important to respect your children’s privacy, understanding what your teenager’s online slang means and how to decipher could be important in certain situations and as you help guide their online experience. While it has many nicknames, information-age slang is commonly referred to as leetspeek, or leet for short. Leet (a vernacular form of “elite”) is a specific type of computer slang where a user replaces regular letters with other keyboard characters to form words phonetically—creating the digital equivalent of Pig Latin with a twist of hieroglyphics.

Ok, on the surface, the whole thing is almost legit – parents should be watching their children’s on-line activities. Anyone who says you should watch your own children has my attention for showing a brain cell.

Down at the end of the article, though, they go through a few examples of common leet words. Specifically, “Leet words of concern or indicating possible illegal activity”. You know, the ones that may indicate piracy, like warez, sploits and pron.

So, the message is that parents should check on their children, but the only real worry is whether or not they are pirating software or trafficking in pornography. Never mind the cyber-stalker your 12 yr old daughter has been chatting up in the dominatrix chatroom. It’s all about the bottom line, wot?

Please, stop the hurting…

2 replies to “Ph34r teh 1337 9r4/\/\4r”

  1. Graumagus Says:

    LOL! The funniest part of that is if:

    A) The kid is hacking, phreaking, or phishing and knows what he/she is doing


    B) The parents are clueless enough to need this primer

    Then the clueless parents have no chance at all of catching their little cyberpunk. If they catch the kid, that means he/she wasn’t skilled enough to be dangerous.

  2. The Cyberwolfe Says:

    And the dangerous ones will never come to the attention of their parents, because they will be smart enough to keep the computer running without the help of guys like me.

    I could tell you some stories about the not-smart-enough ones, though.