1f y0u c4n r34d 7h15, 7h3n y0u r 1 0f 7h3 “3|173” f0|k5 wh0 h4v3 b36un 70 cr38 4 n3w |4n6u463.

Actually “3|173” there is more commonly written “3|337” since misspelling is as important to L337SP33K as anything else.

I find this fad to be fundamental clique behavior of the sort that is common in middle school and high school, and I am vaguely disturbed by the fact that it is gaining popularity in the mainstream world. We have enough communication issues in the world without purposefully mangling the language just to “50und c00|”.

I can see a use for this when text messaging from a phone that does not have a full keyboard and hunting for the proper letter is a pain in the tail. But when you have a full keyboard at your disposal and you do it anyway, then I don’t get it at all.