Friday, February 18, 2005

Microsoft Teach Us L33t

Well, just to make sure parent's can truly keep track of what's their kid's get up to, indeed, it must be terrifying to read through a child's chat-log's to be greeted by "1 mµ$7 r3m3mb3r 70 r3n3w m¥ £1br4r¥ b00|{$, 4$ 17 w0µ£Ð b3 ƒ00£1$h 70 b3 ƒ1n3Ð, wh1£$7 m3r3£¥ 7r¥1n9 70 br04Ð3n m¥ h0r120n$", Microsoft have released this guide to leet speak, containing such advice as
Numbers are often used as letters. The term "leet" could be written as "1337," with "1" replacing the letter L, "3" posing as a backwards letter E, and "7" resembling the letter T. "0" (zero) will typically replace the letter "O."
and
Rules of grammar are rarely obeyed. Many leetspeekers will capitalize every letter except for vowels (LiKe THiS) and otherwise reject conventional English style and grammar.
Er, perhaps someone should tell Microsoft that that isn't restricted to 1337 hacksaws anymore.

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