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Thursday, February 17, 2005

A parent's primer to computer slang

From Microsoft's A parent's primer to computer slang, we can learn all about that hip new jive lingo all those crazy computer whiz-kids are using!

FOr example, here are some "Leet* words possibly indicating illegal activity" !

  • 'warez' or 'w4r3z': Illegally copied software available for download.
  • 'h4x': Read as 'hacks,' or what a computer hacker does.
  • 'sploitz' (short for exploits): Vulnerabilities in computer software used by hackers.
  • 'pwn': A typo-deliberate version of own, a slang term that means to dominate. This could also be spelled '0\/\/n3d' or 'pwn3d,' among other variations. Online video game bullies or 'griefers' often use this term."

* - information-age slang is commonly referred to as leetspeek, or leet for short.


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