The internet, as it is known by the strange and curious folk who use it, is a truly marvelous invention that has allowed for previously unprecedented levels of communication and commerce. Its numerous merits can be praised until the end of time, but for some reason, it also has an invariably debilitating effect on the ability for people to use proper grammar. A well-mannered teenager who is polite to his parents and speaks in perfect English while in school will, upon going online, immediately transform into a slackjawed moron who brags that he ‘p3wned’ someone and how ‘u r teh lamzor!’
Proper spelling, sentence structure, any semblance of good taste… all become tragic victims the moment they are written in an online context. Internet L337 speak (which roughly translates to leet, or “elite” speak) is merely interested in expressing basic concepts and emotions in an extremely shorthand manner, preferably with numbers and ASCII symbols exchanged for the letters whenever possible. There is no need to use correct syntax – unless you’re talking about a syntax error, of course, but no one has seen one of those in quite some time.
L337 to English Dictionary:
LOL – Laughing in a loud and boisterous manner.
Haxxor – A computer programmer with great proficiency.
W00T – Hurrah! A pleasant experience has occurred!
Suxxor – Something has regrettably failed.
Pr0n – Adult material involving Jenna Jameson.
OMGWTF – Creator of mine, thou has forsaken me!
Noob – A youthful person lacking sufficient experience.
O RLY? – Are you sure you wouldn’t like to reconsider?