News: $(r4BBL3 = SCRABBLE in L33tsp34k

$(r4BBL3 = SCRABBLE in L33tsp34k

JUAREZ.  PH33R.  SUX0R.

If you know what these mean, then you probably spend way too much time on the internet.  If you're as bewildered as I was, these words actually mean something in leetspeak.

JUAREZ n warez (pirated software)
PH33R v -S fear
SUX0R v -S the leet way to say "sucks"

So, what is leetspeak exactly?

It's internet slang.  A geek alternate alphabet.  Web words.  A language only gamers and hackers know.  A specialized form of symbolic writing.  A code that implements various ASCII characters.  In its most rudimentary form, leet can simply replace letters with numbers (4 for A, 3 for E, etc).  To give you an idea, here's "leatspeak" itself in its various forms:

L33Tsp34k
L3375P34|<
l337SP34K
l33t$p34|<
leet
l33t
L33T
eleet
3l33t
3L33T

But what does this have to do with SCRABBLE?

$(r4BBL3 = SCRABBLE in L33tsp34k

Wiremelon LLC, based out of Colorado, has made their own version of SCRABBLE tiles called L33T Tiles.  They are a replacement tile set for SCRABBLE and other word games geared toward so-called "leetspeakers".  A perfect way to blend your two favorite things together — internet and SCRABBLE.

The L33T Tile sets consist of 103 tiles and does not need to be combined with any other set.  Below is the set distribution.

$(r4BBL3 = SCRABBLE in L33tsp34k

There's even an accompanying dictionary you can buy or download for free in PDF.

I found some SCRABBLE game pics that have actually used these tiles; check them out below to see what a game of L33t SCRABBLE looks like.

Photo: Neil Crosby
Photo: Liquidmatrix
Photo: ytmnd

If you think you want a set of these L33t Tiles, then you better hurry, because they aren't being produced anymore, and they're only 3 bucks!

CLOSEOUT NOTICE:  We are closing out L33T Tiles inventory! The sets are no longer bagged, they will come in a thin plastic container as shown below. Take advantage of our inventory closeout sale to get cheap L33T Tiles to play SCRABBLE with, for craft purposes, or just to rub gently against your skin.

$(r4BBL3 = SCRABBLE in L33tsp34k

If you want to perfect your leet before mastering it on the SCRABBLE board, I found this cool website that will convert regular English to leetspeak: Leet Speak Translator.

Sources: Neil Crosby, Liquidmatrix, ytmnd, Leettiles

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