Back in 2015 when I was still a relative newbie blogger I received a notification from WordPress for having received 1337 likes.
At the time I had no idea what the significance of such a random number was so I posted about it. My friend and fellow blogger Dennis was quick to explain that there is an internet language known as “leetspeak” and that 1337 refers to the word “leet”.
Leetspeak goes right back to hacker communities using bulletin boards in the 1980s and is well known amongst gamers too. I am not familiar with the TV series “Mr. Robot” but apparently this show used Leetspeak to name each episode.
Today 1337 popped up again. This time 1337 posts. The WordPress developers are still enjoying their little in-joke but now I’ve been around long enough that I’m in on it too.