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  • barrage7667 - April 12, 2014 10:26 p.m.

    Ah yes, the military has created many of the greatest acronyms (my favorite being FUBAR)
  • colin-knapp - April 11, 2014 1:11 p.m.

    In the FPS crowd "CS" is simply, Counter-Strike.
  • BladedFalcon - December 3, 2013 10:53 a.m.

    Can something as leet speak even be considered a new form of language when really all it is is just extreme abbreviations and bastardizations of English words? Good article anyways. Though I find it cute that you guys think MOBA exclusive terms are nearly as important or pervasive in the medium compared to the other terms in this list.
  • GR_ZachBetka - December 3, 2013 11:40 a.m.

    Not that it's considered an entirely new form of language, but definitely an evolution from common language practice. As much as I don't want to draw parallels between l33t speak and Shakespearean dialect, they're both technically English, yet wouldn't you classify them differently? Instead of "Wherefore art thou an FPS lover", we say "Why do you like FPS's", technically a bastardization of English words. Also I'll look at your second point in 10 years and either laugh because MoBA's have gotten huge, or cry because they're not and I suck.
  • BladedFalcon - December 3, 2013 12:59 p.m.

    And just like Shakesperean, I expect Leet speak to die out and become little more than what Shakesperean dialect mean to society nowadays: Which is mainly to either make fun of, or use it when pertaining Shakespeare's works only. Besides, Leet speak was born mainly out of laziness and because gamers didn't want to waste time writing proper words, once we eventually evolve from needing to type stuff while playing, as we already are, Leet speak will become (hopefully) obsolete. And heh, prepare to cry then, because I honestly don't see MOBAs expanding beyond what they are today. They may not go away, certainly, but just like MMOs appeared to be huge and poised to become even bigger 6-5 years ago, and now they are looking less and less of a powerhouse genre, MOBAs are gonna follow more or less the same path. If anything, if you think Creep Score is a term valid enough to be used here, then you should also address fighting terms such as turtling, or chip damage. Because again, they are only valid to use mainly on a very specific genre.
  • Eightboll812 - December 3, 2013 1:14 p.m.

    Geez, I guess the damage is already done because now gamers are being credited with coming up with it. Forget everything Zach said about gamers and leet speak, go look it up in Wiki, or whatever. EVERYONE refers to it as an alternate ALPHABET created by the hacking community back in the 80s on BBSs. And that's not "gamers". You can't even find a reference to "gamers" or "gaming" in the Wikipedia entry. There's one mention of some people using leet alphabet in gamertags, but other than that, not even a mention of gaming. What you are referring to: >"Besides, Leet speak was born mainly out of laziness and because gamers didn't want to waste time writing proper words" is not what anyone else in the world calls leet speak. Maybe Zach. But Zach is wrong. Leet speak was not born out of laziness, is not even focused on abbreviation at all (in fact most times LENGTHENING words with suffixes), and was again, not created by gamers.
  • Eightboll812 - December 3, 2013 12:59 p.m.

    Despite what Zach says, it's not entirely correct. I'm an old timer on forums before forums before forums. Yeah, I had a modem back when 14400 was considered BLAZING fast, no not so far back as the handset cradle modem from War Games, but pretty far back. I played around on a lot of BBSs, then I got really into Usenet when the "Internet" became more popular. In other words, meaning no disrespect to Zach, but I lived those days, I didn't read about them on the Wikipedia or Urban Dictionary. There's a big difference between the original leet speak and what Zach is calling leet speak. What Zach is lumping in here, is all the gamer, SMS texting, and general Internet abbreviations, and saying it's "leet speak". But it's not. Other than the word "pwn" which has crossed over into gaming, (and on that point he is dead correct), leet speak is VERY identifiable from the general "BRB...OMG, WTF!" Internet acronym use, when someone is using it in a forum or something. It's not very common anymore, but maybe 5 years ago you'd find it a lot. Abbreviations and acronyms are just that. RTFM is not a bastardization of anything. It's just a common phrase reduced to an acronym. Leet speak was a deliberate bastardization, and common forms were replacing certain letters with numbers like 3 for e and 7 for t, replacing s at the end of a word with z, and appending xor to the end of a number of words, e.g. haxor and suxxor. Now, I think anybody can look at those forms and immediately recognize that's not really modern gamer-speak, other than the s to z thingy and "pwn". Most of the acronyms we use today, things like FWIW, IMHO, OTOH, etc trace back to Usenet (because when you are hammering out a heated debate with someone, being terse is important ;-)), not to the BBS days like leet speak, so there are some threads of continuity, but not really strong threads. The problem is that there are really separate categories here and while there is some bleed over between them, they aren't all one big ball of wax. I'm a little annoyed by the revisionist approach of lumping it all together when in reality there have been distinct subcultures. It would be like lumping the greasers, jocks, and dorks together because they were all products of the 50s. Bottom line, maybe people are studying "it", whatever "it" is, like a language, but probably in the same way "ebonics" was studied. It's not a real language, just a bastardization. A lot of this is more akin to a gamer shorthand, because I honestly don't see how anyone calls an acronym a "bastardization" of English. OMG still means "oh my god" or "O, ma, ga" to everyone. It's not like anyone is trying to actually pronounce "omg" as a word.
  • Eightboll812 - December 3, 2013 1:05 p.m.

    And to be clear, other than touching on this one subject that is near and dear to my heart, I found the rest of the article informative and interesting, and I learned a few things. But on this leet speak topic, I can help but feel like I'm being told what it was like growing up in the 80s by someone who grew up in the 90s.
  • ObliqueZombie - December 3, 2013 9:46 a.m.

    Great read, great research! Linguistics is a really cool subject. Good job, Mr. Betka!
  • db1331 - December 3, 2013 8:57 a.m.

    The Fragging one was interesting. Also, I use GG no RE a lot. Although I say "GG no RERE" so it rhymes. And I only say it after we've totally stomped the other team.
  • Ramstein - April 11, 2014 3:01 p.m.

    I had to lookup what "no RE" meant. And now that I know, I would never say it. Telling the enemy team that you would never want a rematch is akin to admitting they're good and would wipe the floor with you, if you played again. That's a compliment. And in my book? You don't compliment the enemy team. Ever. OVER MY DEAD MOUSE & KEYBOARD.
  • Sjoeki - December 3, 2013 8:18 a.m.

    It show's that I'm not much of an online gamer as some of these were new to me, great article!
  • LEGOMatrix - December 3, 2013 2:48 a.m.

    That was a very interesting article.
  • alexandre-bret - December 2, 2013 11:27 p.m.

    reminds me I got to finish Bully
  • GenderBender_9000 - December 2, 2013 10:33 p.m.

    I was wondering what happened to this article.
  • g1rldraco7 - December 2, 2013 7:42 p.m.

    Very nice list, it's good to know what they mean. Nothing worse than using them and not understanding the meaning.
  • profile0000 - December 2, 2013 5:26 p.m.

    Interesting read, gj
  • shawksta - December 2, 2013 4:17 p.m.

    Neat
  • Godzillarex - December 2, 2013 4:16 p.m.

    A term I used to say a lot with my brother is reaching the "barrel" of a stage, or the checkpoint. This is, of course, harkening back to Donkey Kong Country.
  • Eightboll812 - December 2, 2013 4:15 p.m.

    I'm not sure that the pwned entry couldn't use a little refinement. First, leet speak is credited to the hacker (or wannabe) community, back in the BBS days. You do have the time frame correct, just no mention of the origins. Second saying it was to get around "language barriers", makes it sound like you are referring to something like English-Spanish. The theory of the origins is that it was used to get around word filters to discuss taboo topics...like hacking! I think that's probably what you MEANT, just pointing out it came out a little off sounding. Third, by taboo subjects, I mean real subjects, like how to pirate software, lol, not just being creative in how to insult people online which was your example of "STFU". Better examples would have been "warez" or "phreaking".

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