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Definition of 1337

One of the most commonly asked questions clients have of 1337 Internet Solutions is "What does 1337 stand for?". Believe it or not, 1337 is not a random combination of digits, or a significant date in history.

In the late 1990's, as the Internet become more an essential component of life than just a mere novelty, a sub-culture developed among the technologically adept - those who lived their lives as much on computers as they did in the real world. Mirroring the development of more mainstream acronyms and short-forms such as 'lol' or the all-popular smiley ':)', the members of this sub-culture developed their own way of speaking on the Internet, known as 'elite speak', or more commonly, '1337 speak'. Transposing the numbers '1337' into letters in the manner of 1337 speak, you end up with the letters 'leet' - which, in 1337 speak is a short-form for 'elite'.

At 1337 Internet Solutions, '1337' is more than just a tribute to the geek sub-culture of the Internet. It's an indication of commitment to the kind of quality and professionalism that customers expect from their technology specialists. When 1337 completes work for your organisation, it will be on time, on budget and above expectations.

For more links on what '1337' means, check out our Time Wasters page.