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- (chiefly Internet slang) A form of chatspeak characterized most strongly by its alphanumeric substitutions.
1996 May 7, Weigle, Thomas, “Re: Realmz Scenario Summary”, in comp.sys.mac.games.adventure, Usenet, retrieved 2016-07-15, message-ID <email@example.com>:
- well, after all i am a student of languages... which lets me peek into sociology now and then. i haven't studied the 'leet guys very much, but it seems to me that as they all understand their form of "communication", the main purpose (ie separating themselves as a group from the mainstream) is successful. especially as it is almost impossible to understand leetspeak at first.
1998 May 24, Cantrick, Ben, “Re: Abuse of alphanumerics. Why do haX0r d00dz do it?”, in alt.2600, Usenet, retrieved 2016-07-15, message-ID <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
- People associate "l33t-speak" with hackers, so when new hackers start to get into the scene they assume they need to write like that, which perpetuates the belief that hackers use l33t-sp34k.