Assumed to be the 'language' of hacker
s, '1337 sp33k' was invented as a was t get around restictions on BBS
. Almost a mix of written shorthand and ebonics
, with a keyboard thrown in.
'1337 sp33k' can be read as 'elite speak,' it is mostly just numbers (or symbols) that look slightly similar to letters. 'T' turns into '7' or '+' and 'S' is sometimes turned into '$'.
Despite the continued use of this code to avoid online cencoring, people who use 'elite speak' a great deal are generally mocked
'She think's she's so cool because she knows 31337 sp33k! ' or 'What a b!+ch'