Leet speak / net speak. Does it annoy you like it annoys me?

United States
August 8, 2010 11:53am CST
There is a time and a place for "leet speak" (ie: using 'u' for 'you', 'r' for 'are', etc...); it was conceived for using while texting on phones with character limits but has taken off way beyond that. Most of the time I can deal with one or two letters stuck in, instead of the actual words but there are times when I come across people throwing in what seems to be as much leet as they can possibly get into a sentence - it makes me so annoyed! Why can't people just use regular english and stop being lazy or trying to be cool when there is no need for them to type like that? The lack of correct capitalization and punctuation just makes it all worse! :( Especially to the extent that some people are willing to go to make their words look leet when it's obvious that typing things out correctly would have been much easier. Also, I really believe that the amount of leet speak today has contributed to the fact that so many kids can't spell today. So aggravating! What do you all think?
4 responses
@petersum (4525)
• United States
8 Aug 10
Absolutely agree that kids can't spell anymore! Too much LOL and (_)o(_) isn't there? Let's get back to Earth and speak properly.
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• United States
8 Aug 10
What I don't get is how they're passing school. I mean the ones who use the netspeak, but equally, really cannot spell, punctuate or construct a proper sentence. It's sadly amazing. :(
@petersum (4525)
• United States
8 Aug 10
I suppose the teachers are afflicted too. You haven't quite got yourself under control, or is that an insect at the end of your post?
1 person likes this
• United States
9 Aug 10
An insect? Sorry, I'm not understanding...
@mysdianait (64316)
• Italy
9 Aug 10
I feel that there is a time and a place for everything. That is fine on instant messaging and text messages on cell phones but not in anything official such as correspondence, articles and forums. When I see it being used here on myLot it saddens me for several reasons. Not everyone can understnad it. The ages here vary from 16 almost to 90 and older people are not used to it and have to stop, if they bother, to decipher what is written, Those who use it here are missing out on earnings too. It is not English, which we are supposed to use, and therefore does not make a quality post. It does not show up in search engines and it makes posts shorter therefore decreasing earning potential for those who, instead of typing out everything, shorten their posts when using it.
• United States
9 Aug 10
It only annoys me if it's used constantly, especially if the forum posts are about a serious subject. To see it pop up in a serious discussion is very annoying to me.
@zralte (4186)
• India
8 Aug 10
I agree wholeheartedly that there is a time and place for everything including 'leet'. (I just learnt that from you. I didn't know there was a name for it!)