An initial 4A N2...?

Grant Barrett gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG
Sat Jun 29 10:49:04 UTC 2002

> Concerning txting shortcuts, either the chinese or japanese speaking students
> I was in class with about 2 years ago mentioned that in their e-mails, 881
> was used as an ending.  Regretfully, I'm not versed on either language, but
> in one of them, pronouncing the numbers gives you something that sounds very
> much like "bye-bye" (or, I guess "buh-bye").

Are you sure that wasn't 733t-speak (aka leet-speak or even more plainly,
elite-speak, used by script kiddies and hacker wannabes)? In 733t-speak,
numbers and letter are often transposed based upon their shape. Capital Bs
and 8s, for example, and the number 1 and the capital letter I. So 881 might
be a version of BBI which might be pronounced bee-bee-eye or bee-bye and
mean "buh-bye."

It's not altogether that transparent. My favorite phrase to see in
733t-speak, which always makes me laugh:

"H4 H4 DOOD! PH33R M3! I OWN JOO!"


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