The other night at work, that movie-going 18-year-old named Jaren showed me a picture on his cell phone. It was a picture of the dashboard of his car.
He said, "Check out the mileage."
The mileage was 1337. I said, "You've had that car about two months, that's pretty low."
He said, "Yeah, but it says Leet."
I asked, "What does?"
He said, "The mileage says 'leet' in Leet. 1337. I thought it was funny."
I asked, "What is Leet?"
He said, "It's just a language you use on the internet. Like when you use numbers to spell words."
I said, "Like when you spell HELLO or BOOBLESS on a calculator?"
He said, "Kind of, but not really."
I said, "SHOULD I know what Leet is?"
He said, "Probably not. I think it just means I spend too much time playing online video games."
It's tough to keep on the edge, even if you just want to be a nerd. Besides, World of Warcraft can suck it. A true nerd would never say that.