1337 likes, a milestone? Why not wait for 2000 or 5000?

1337, likes, wordpress milestones.

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 GuruGoogle“!

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.”

Awesome, gif, video, yayy, baby, excited

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?😂

K.

87 thoughts on “1337 likes, a milestone? Why not wait for 2000 or 5000?

  1. Congratulations! I was surprised at this number when I got the notification a few years back but never looked into why they used this number in particular so thank you for sharing this information it was very interesting!

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  2. Congrats Khushi. Hundreds of people liking your work. 💐💐

    Thanks for informing about 1337. I wasn’t aware about it’s meaning.

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  3. Yeah, am feeling pretty old now for sure, because I’ve watched 1337 come and go, and today, memes and groupthink surface and disappear at a much faster pace too. Who knows? Maybe two decades from now you’ll be reminiscing the coffin dance.

    Congrats on your new milestone! Wishing you many more to come.

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    1. That’s right! Jokes and memes just vanish in a week and it seems like nothing happened!
      May after 2 decades when some 17 year old kids come across a coffin dance video i’d be able to tell it’s history to them!
      Thank you so much for your best wishes!

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    1. Thank you so much!!
      Oh great, as per wordpress you’re an elite too!
      (Tbh I ‘thought’ you’d know about it cause of the developer thing.. but I guess that was a mere pre set notion that just got busted!😂)

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      1. There is no right age for learning! I am really happy to be a part of that group!! Thank YOU for such amazing words and for motivating me to keep going on.

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  4. Congratulations on the milestone! 🙌
    And if you’d have not shared this info about 1337, I would have assumed it to be a glitch 😂

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