I got 1337 likes!! Yayy!!
But wait.. why 1337? I always got badges of 10,20,100 or 1000 likes that is in multiples of 10 but why did they gave me a badge of 1337 likes? Is this some kind of a joke?
I have seen a lot of people sharing this badge and to be honest I always thought there might be some glitch in WordPress untill I got one mine!
Do you guys know the reason? Well, To get some enlightenment I turned to “The knowlege Guru – Google“!
After surfing through various sites there, I realised it does have some significance.
Summary of 1337-
1337 stands for ‘leet’, short for elite, or simply ‘The Best’. (1 for L, 3 for E, 7 for T)
As per dictionary.com, 1337 is a language for internet users known for replacing letters with numbers or symbols. The term itself has gone on as a slang term for “extremely skilled (at gaming or computing)” or, more generally, “awesome.”
This still doesn’t make much of a sense though. I mean, why numbers? Why derive a short version of elite?
Let’s go to the root and find out the origin!
Origin of 1337
As per dictionary.com, 1337, or leetspeak, as a kind of language goes back to the 1980s, when users of computer Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) used to shorten words, e.g., you to u and are to r, for convenience.
Users also began substituting numbers and symbols into words to evade detection (in case of naughty content) and sometimes simply to be different .A classic example is p0rn (with 0 in place of o).
Users with elite status on BBSs had the widest access to the system and usually had to be the best hackers in order to achieve that level of success. Hence elite was modified to leet, then written with numbers as 1337, which came as slang for “skilled,” in contrast to n00b, or newbie.
During 1990s and 2000s, computers evolved and technology improved, gaming became common and hence 1337 spread futher.
Current usage of 1337-
I personally think 1337 is rarely used these days. It may be only WordPress that’s keeping the age old tradition of 1337(leet) still alive!
Because now when people lose in games, instead of calling their opponent an “elite”,they prefer to curse them! So, it’s just a new way I suppose.
U 5ti11 d0n7 kn0 ‘1337′? n00b?😂