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Interpreting Online Slang, Words, Numbers & Symbols

The following words, codes, special symbols, numbers and additional resources may prove useful to the individual trying to interpret common online slang.

Although many Internet chat rooms have different 'lingo', 'slang', and etiquette, the symbols, special character and numbers listed here are fairly standard throughout the Internet and Chat Room /SMS/ Instant Messaging / Text Messaging areas. If you have a new Internet chat term, emoticon, or code that you would like to share, please

Phonetic spellings

    The Internet language of online slang is continuously evolving as more people add to it, and thus, a single word can be "spelled" in many different ways.
    For example, "phonetic" could be |>|-|0n371><, p|-|0|\|3+1|<, |>h0|\|371<, ph0n371k.
Words of concern or a word that could indicate possible illegal activity:

  • "warez" or "w4r3z": Illegally copied software available for download.
  • "h4x": Read as "hacks," or what a malicious computer hacker does.
  • "pr0n": An anagram of "porn," pornography is often referred to as pr0n which is misspelled p0rn — porn written with zero
  • "sploitz" (short for exploits): Vulnerabilities in computer software used by hackers.
  • "pwn": A typo-deliberate version of own, a slang term often used to express superiority over others that can be used maliciously, depending on the situation. This could also be spelled "0\/\/n3d" or "pwn3d," among other variations. Online video game bullies or "griefers" often use this term.

Other word substitutions:

  • "roxx0rs" Used in place of "rocks," typically to describe something impressive.
  • "d00d": Replaces the greeting or addressing someone as a "dude."
  • "joo" and "u": Used instead of "you." This is also commonly written as "j00" or "_|00."
  • "ph": often replaces "f," as in "phear" for "fear" (as in "ph34r my l33t skillz") and vice versa, such as spelling "phonetic" as "f0|\|371(."
Some commonly encoded spellings and word replacements:

  • "d00d" for "dude"
  • "joo" for "you", also written as "j00" or "_|00"
  • "ph" for "f", as in "phear" for "fear" or such as spelling "phonetic" as "f0|\|371("
  • "kewl" or kwel or ku or ql for cool
  • "r" for are, m for am, y for why, d for "the", b for be, c for see, u for you (giving the common see you: c u)
  • "2" for to or too, 4 for for (but note "4" can also represent an "A")
  • "8" for -ate, as l8r for later
  • "ne" for any
  • "u 1 2" for "you want to" ("icq"="i seek you" style)
  • "nite" for night
  • "10x" for thanks
  • "WHeRE @Re J00" or "Wh3re aer j00?" for "where are you"
  • "wH4+'S j00R nAME" for "what is your name"

Numbers and Their Meanings as Used as Online Slang in Chat Rooms, Email, IM's

  • 10-4   -   "OK, Acknowledgement", as in the CB Radio 10-codes
  • 12B, 1AB   -   "Wannabe"
  • 10q   -   "Thank you"
  • 10x   -   "Thanks"
  • 1337   -   "Leet", short for élite, often used ironically.
  • 143   -   "I love you"
  • 20   -   "location"; from CB Radio jargon
  • 224   -   "today, tomorrow, forever"
  • 2B   -   "to be"
  • 2B||!2B   -   "to be or not to be"
  • 2m   -   "tomorrow"
  • 2TM   -   "to the max"
  • 31337   -   "elite", often used ironically
  • 4   -   "for"
  • 404   -   "Couldn't find it", "Clueless"
  • 4649   -   "pleased to meet you", "hi"
  • 46   -   "pleased to meet you" "hi"
  • 4ever, 4eva   -   "forever"
  • 5/5   -   "five by five"
  • 54   -   "To ignore"
  • 69   -   from the sex position. Often appears as part of AIM screennames
  • 666   -   The triple sixes sequence often represents Satan, on and off of the Internet; often occurs in screennames
  • 8O~   -   Crazy, lost, drooling th desire
  • 8008135   -   female torso protuberances (the "G" rating-thing)
  • 807, 8075   -   "BOT(s)"; extreme lack of knowledge or common sense
  • 833r (or b33r,)  -   beer or other alcoholic beverages
  • 88, 881 or 886 "bye bye"   -  In some racist chat rooms it means "heil Hitler", because the letter "H" comes eighth in most Roman alphabets
  • 9494   -   "that's it", "that's right", "you see?"

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