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Whaddyareckon?: Leet speak

Strap in, n00bs: we're hopping a ROFLcopter and flying to the land of Leet in this week's Whaddyareckon?

Strap in, n00bs: we're hopping a ROFLcopter and flying to the land of Leet in this week's Whaddyareckon?

The rise of the Net and mobile phones has changed the English language. Students are using SMS slang in their HSC exams, young 'uns are responding to real-life amusing situations by uttering "LOL". The linguistic landscape is rocky indeed, but whether you love or lament the rise of tech-speak, you can't deny it's a fascinating phenomenon.

In the latest instalment of Whaddyareckon? we take a look at how all this got started, and ask about people's tolerance levels for Internet slang. Pure pwnage awaits.

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