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Hack 6 Common Terms, Abbreviations, and Phrases
Once you get into IRC, you need to understand the barrage of abbreviations and phrases that are commonly used.
People will do anything to be lazy—especially where typing is concerned. Anyone who uses IRC will come across abbreviations and certain jargon that will stump them initially. Do not look like a fool by asking unless you absolutely must!
2.3.1 Noun-Verb Duality
2.3.2 Leet Speak
lE3+ $Pe@K IS EVErywh3rE, 4nd iT'$ nO+ C0n51$t3nt. l33t $pEAK 15 3V3rYWH3RE, @nd 1+'5 n0T c0n515TeNt. Le3T $P3aK 15 EVERYwh3RE, 4Nd iT'5 No+ c0N$15+EnT. l3eT 5p34K i5 Ev3rYWH3R3, 4nD 1T's n0+ C0ns15+3N+. L33T $P3@k 15 EVerYWH3R3, @ND 1+'5 N0+ cONS15+3N+.
"Leet" (from "elite") speak is novelty English commonly used on IRC, instant messaging, and gaming. The use of leet speak is considered childish; however, it may also be used with sarcasm, so don't expect to be taken too seriously if you choose to use it.
With practice, you'll be able to read the preceding examples almost as quickly as normal text. Leet speak is quite often derived by replacing letters with numbers that look similar; for example, o could be replaced by 0 and e could be replaced by 3, which looks like a reversed E. Leet speak is not consistent, so you may even see an o being replaced by parentheses or an m being replaced by |\/|.
2.3.3 Correction Syntax
After a user finds an error that she made on the previous line, she may try to correct the mistake. Many methods exist for delimiting corrections. The most common is the asterisk method, which is used like so:
<Sc00ter> I want a glass of lemonaid. <Sc00ter> *lemonade.
It doesn't matter if the asterisk is placed at the beginning or the end of the correction. "*lemonade" and "lemonade*" are both commonly used asterisk correction statements.
<Marcel> My bolonie sandwich fell on the floor :( <Marcel> s/bolonie/bologna
s/mistake/correction is how it's done. This is derived from the search-and-replace regular expression syntax found in Perl code. Its meaning is mostly esoteric, but people can figure out "mistake" slash "correction" easily enough for it to work.
2.3.4 Phonetics and Keyboard Layouts
Many mistakes and typos can be interpreted. Spelling "ever" as "evar" is an obvious mishap, but "gppf" ("food") isn't so easy to detect. If you are chatting with an English speaker, keep in mind the standard QWERTY keyboard layout when encountering a typo. It is better to think than to ask for clarification. In most cases, people answer their own question by the time they press Return to send the question, for example:
<BeetleJuice> I just saw that AYBABTU animation for the 167th time! <Jquest> ? <Jquest> Oh! I get it. <Jquest> All your base are belong to us. ... <Hungary> AFK! wife brought gppf * Hungary is away <Turkey> gppf? <Boliver> Turkey: He means "food"
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