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Old 01-10-2003, 11:43 AM
Novelty is offline
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Dallas
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leetspeak has more than one purpose

In addition to being an attempt to differentiate themselves, specifically from adults, many kiddies use certain forms of l33+$p34|< because of a lack of time. This is especially true in games, where typing in full sentences takes too much time.

For example, in the middle of a round of UT 2K3 (Unreal Tournament 2003 for the uninitiated), you may kill someone and be thinking, "I am much better than you and if was not difficult to paint the walls with your innards." Of course, by the time you type that, you'll be killed 2-3 times over. Therefore, that becomes "u r ez" or something similar.

An unfortunate side effect of this is that many players use games as a means of being an ass. You can be called "ez", a "n3wb" (short for newbie), or any number of other things without regard to whether or not it's factual. It's not really a big deal -- kids will be kids, I guess -- but hearing the same l@m3r over and over again can get grating.