Um. What?

I’m back on my game, kids.

The phone situation is resolved (knock on skull) and slowly but surely I’m getting caught up with work after a 2 day setback. I may even have motivation to clean out one of my closets today before Mr.P comes back from the tour. I promised an all out spring cleaning fest, and as you can imagine, absolutely nothing has been accomplished. But that’s just due to laziness and an obsessive compulsive addiction to Supernatural re-runs on Netflix, and also because I have a PhD in procrastination.

Aww, thanks, Dean.

While checking to see how bad my stats had suffered due to a bit of neglect of proper meaty posts the past couple of days, I saw this in my notifications:

likes

Really? Is this a real milestone?

I mean, I remember getting one for 1000 likes, and one for 100 followers, and my 100th post, but is 1337 likes really a thing?

So I looked it up and found this, which basically says:

Leet (or “1337“), also known as eleet or leetspeak, is an alternative alphabet for the English language that is used primarily on the Internet. It uses various combinations of ASCII characters to replace Latinate letters. For example, leet spellings of the word leet include 1337 and l33teleet may be spelled 31337 or 3l33t.

The term leet is derived from the word elite. The leet alphabet is a specialized form of symbolic writing. Leet may also be considered a substitution cipher, although many dialects or linguistic varieties exist in different online communities. The term leet is also used as an adjective to describe formidable prowess or accomplishment, especially in the fields of online gaming and in its original usage – computer hacking.

Ok, I have no idea what this means.

Needless to say, as explained numerous times, this made zero sense to me as I do not speak computer language, nor do I understand the acronyms of today or replacing letters with numbers.

What I DID understand, however, is that I am now a prowess:

an adjective to describe formidable prowess

Meaning, I have extraordinary ability and/or skill and also, that I have distinguished bravery.

So in closing,

Yes, Dean, we’ve established that. And I assume that you mean it in the actual sense, which is to fill one with awe, not in the “I just found an awesome piece of dirt” sense that is grossly misused therefore dumbing down the English language further than it already has been as likely explained in the meaning of 1337 where people can’t even write out words anymore.

But what it actually means is, I am now a prowess of Planet Blog, with my Zero to Hero cape in tow, and my 1337 likes trophy, there is nothing stopping now!

Except the occasional phone explosion, or couch sucking in, or ongoing procrastination, or more Supernatural episodes, or incredibly long, 20 hour back to back work days, or an explosion down at the chocolate factory after they build a local chocolate factory.

But other than that, watch out because this prowess is on the lose, Blogtown!

** Update. Just scored tickets to a show I wanted to see tonight so there will be no cleaning of the closet. Oh well…

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17 responses to “Um. What?

  1. After trying to write out the word asweosme several times, I give up. Yes, you are aswesomess. Have to say though regarding Supernatural – Sam is more so than Dean. Just sayin’ 😀

    • But Dean has the best facial expressions, therefore much easier to find appropriate .gifs 😀

      And thank you! Because you misspelled it twice, I will accept this compliment even though i am normally opposed to this grossly misused word 😀

    • Right? Ok, good. I’m glad I’m not the only one whose head is spinning over that explanation. I was only enlightened because the confusion made me dizzy, releasing some form of protective euphoria into my brain.

  2. Welcome back to the game and congrats one being 1337. Sadly, I do know what leet speak is, thanks to the nature of how Frank and I met. My mind and soul has been on the corruption path spiraling downward since I met him. (I still love him to bits and pieces though.)

  3. I have been wondering what the whole 1337 thing was about, but procrastinated looking it up. I did other things instead, things I no longer recall. Obviously they were significantly more important. Thanks for getting on the whole research thing. You’re awesome. As in filling me with awe. I despise the dumbing down of the English language. Which is an additional thing that makes you awesome.

  4. I read a script where someone used the word leet as a descriptor. Initially, I thought it was Afrikaans (given that the writer is from SA) but no, it’s an actual word. Still unconvinced by it. I mean it’s only two syllables, it isn’t THAT hard. A bit like when text speak doesn’t actually make it any quicker, like 2k14 – what even is the point…

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