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Learn how to read your Teen's txts!

Introduction to "leetspeak" and 'txt Acronymns' !

Do you know what this means? |-|0\/\/ r j00Z d01|\|9?
This means "How are you doing?" in text language also known as "leet speak" or "alphanumerish" speak.

"Leetspeak" which was popular among the hackers and derived its name for "elite" users has now become the staple of teens texting. The mix of numbers and letters make the words difficult to interpret.

  • Here are the alphabets to translate
    • A: 4 or l\ or ^ or @ or /\ or /-\
      B. l3 or 8 or ß or ]3 or l:
      C: ( or < or © or ¢
      D: l) or l> or ])
      E:3 or £
      F: l= or # or Æ’
      G:6 or 9
      H: # or l-l or (-) or !-! or }-{ or }{ or l+l or )+( or !+! or }+{
      L: 1 or ! or ]
      J: _l or _/
      K: l< or l( or l{ or l<=
      L: l_ or ! or 1
      M: l\/l or /\/\ or l\l\ or ^^
      N: l/l or /\/
      O: 0 or () or <> or * or ø or Ó or °
      P: l* or l> or |D or l^ or l+
      Q:& or (\) or ¶
      R: l2 or ®
      S: 5 or $ or §
      T:+ or 7
      U: l_l or /_/
      V: \/
      W:|/\| or \/\/ or |/\/ or \/\|
      X: >< or }{ or :-:
      Y: ¥
      Z: 2title
  • The character "!" or "1" replaces the letter L, "3" poses as a backwards letter E, and "7" is the letter T, etc. Other examples of character/letter replacement include using "8" for the letter B, "9" for G, and the number 0 for the letter O.
  • Non-alphanumeric characters may be combined to form letters. For example, leetspeakers use backward and forward slashes to create this shape "//" to stand for the letter M. Two pipe symbols combined with a hyphen ("|-|") can be used in place of the letter H. For example, by adding a character/letter replacement of the number 4 for the letter A, the leetspeaker might form the word "harm" as "|-|4r//."
  • Some times words are misspelled intentionally or added with suffixes like orz for emphasis.

Teens use both leet words and various message acronymns to make interpretation still harder. There are now more than 1500-3000 leet words and acronymns and it is growing every day. Some of the words are used very surreptitiously by teens. If you are a parent and have a teenager, it may be high time for you to learn to decode "leet" messages.

Give a try!

It is time to learn how to read again!

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Some numeric forms.

A. 182
B. 143, 1432, 831
C. ^5, 1DR, 10X, 10Q
D. 2G2BT, 2EZ, 2MI, 2MOR, 2NTE
E. 404, 411, 511
F. 7K,86,
G. 9


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Can you read the following sentence?
Clue: How is the ...

a. |-|0\/\/ 15 7|-|3 d4'/ 70D4'/?
b. |-|0\/\/ 15 7|-|3 \/\/347|-|3R 70D4'/?
c. |-|0\/\/ r 7|-|1|\|95 70D4'/?


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Some short forms.

A. idk, idc
B. lyk
C. noob
D. d00d
E. natm


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Can you read the following sentence?
Clue: Can we meet ...

a. (4|\| \/\/3 /\/\337 Ph0R LU|\|(|-|?
b. (4|\| \/\/3 /\/\337 70/\/\0rr0\/\/?
c. (4|\| \/\/3 /\/\337 70D4'/?


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Some short forms.

A. x-1-10, xlnt, xme
B. w@, URW
C. t+, t:)t, cmb, ct, cyo
E. b/f, bf, ays, acd