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Old 01-10-2003, 07:46 PM
DSYoungEsq is offline
Join Date: Jul 1999
Location: Indian Land, S Carolina
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One, too, should differentiate the contraction of words to single letters or numbers (e.g.: you = u) from true 133+. Contraction of words to shorter expressions serves the purpose of limiting the amount of typing needed to convey a message, useful when chatting, or when posting to boards (the typical methodology for communication by computer in the days before Instant Messages). On the other hand, most "leet" takes just as long to type as if you were using the actual letters; the point to it is to make it look different on the assumption that only you and your "in" buddies can read it. In much the same way, kids have used things like pig-Latin, or talking backwards to hide their output from adults.