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Learning Leet Speak

Have you ever wondered about the origins of the internet slang you’ve been using? Well, my weighted companion cube has recently gotten ahold of my laptop where he absorbed a lot of leetspeak. Like most of us, he had no idea how to use it! If you’re not a 1337 h4x0r and you just want to know WTF these strange words are, then you’ve come to the right place…

Rofflecopter

A term to mimick people that live on chatservers and say ROFL after every sentence.
Chat Server Nerd 1: Guess what lol
Chat Server Nerd 2: LOLZ ROFL
You: ROFFLECOPTER!

QQ

Contrary to popular belief, QQ is not a set of crying eyes. It actually originated with the advent of Warcraft II. On battlenet, you could press ALT+Q+Q to immediately exit the match and program. Thus the term “QQ” was to tell people to just quit because they are unskilled. The term later developed and lost it’s origin and is usually mistaken as crying eyes.

In contemporary gamer culture, QQ has become the mainstream emoticon for crying eyes, though it is still often used in it’s traditional sense.
“Shut up or QQ!”

w00t

w00t was originally an acronym for “we owned other team” but used 1337$p34|< for some of the letters(w00t instead of woot). It is now commonly used as an interjection of joy.
“w00t! I pwn3d j00!”
“Oh! You see that hs??!?! W00T4G3!”

Pwned

A corruption of the word “Owned.” This originated in an online game called Warcraft, where a map designer misspelled “owned.” When the computer beat a player, it was supposed to say, so-and-so “has been owned.”
Instead, it said, so-and-so “has been pwned.”

O RLY?

Sarcasm meaning feigning interest.

FTW

“For The Win.”
An enthusiastic emphasis to the end of a comment, message, or post. Sometimes genuine, but often sarcastic.
Originated from the game show Hollywood Squares where the result of the player’s response is expected to win the game.
Bob: Your gamer shirt rocks
Sally: Gaming shirts ftw.

I hope you enjoyed the little tour through an urban dictionary, trust that it will help you on your journey though the lovely world of leet!