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Morphology Text rendered in leet is often characterized by distinctive, recurring forms.

The -xor suffix

The meaning of this suffix is parallel with the English -er and -r suffixes (seen in hacker and lesser),<ref name=bbc/> in that it derives agent nouns from a verb stem. It is realized in two different forms: -xor and -zor, {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}} and {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}, respectively. For example, the first may be seen in the word hax(x)or (H4x0r in leet) {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}} and the second in pwnzor {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}. Additionally, this nominalization may also be inflected with all of the suffixes of regular English verbs. The letter 'o' is often replaced with the numeral 0.

The -age suffix

Derivation of a noun from a verb stem is possible by attaching -age to the base form of any verb. Attested derivations are pwnage, skillage, and speakage. However, leet provides exceptions; the word leetage is acceptable, referring to actively being leet.<ref name="goss 79">Blashki & Nichol, 79.</ref> These nouns are often used with a form of "to be" rather than "to have," e.g., "that was pwnage" rather than "he has pwnage". Either is a more emphatic way of expressing the simpler "he pwns," but the former implies that the person is embodying the trait rather than merely possessing it.

The -ness suffix

Derivation of a noun from an adjective stem is done by attaching -ness to any adjective. This is entirely the same as the English form, except it is used much more often in Leet. Nouns such as lulzness and leetness are derivations using this suffix.

Words ending in -ed

When forming a past participle ending in -ed, the Leet user may replace the -e with an apostrophe, as was common in poetry of previous centuries, (e.g. "pwned" becomes "pwn'd"). Sometimes, the apostrophe is removed as well (e.g. "pwned" becomes "pwnd"). The word ending may also be substituted by -t (e.g. pwned becomes pwnt).<ref name="blanc33">LeBlanc, 33.</ref>

Use of the -& suffix

Words ending in -and, -anned, -ant, or a similar sound can sometimes be spelled with an ampersand (&) to express the ending sound (e.g. "This is the s&box," "I'm sorry, you've been b&", "&hill/&farm"). This is most commonly used with the word banned. An alternate form of "B&" is "B7", as the ampersand is typed with the "7" key in the standard US keyboard layout. It is often seen in the phrase "IBB7" (in before banned), which indicates that the poster believes that a previous poster will soon be banned from the site, channel, or board on which they are both posting.

Use of the "-zorz" suffix

Verbs that are generated on the Internet (such as pwn) can be inflected by putting "zorz" on the end (generating the word pwnzorz in this example). The -zorz suffix can also be used to strengthen the meaning of the word (pwn means to defeat or to make a fool of; pwnzorz means to really beat or to make a fool of in a large way). The term is often used sarcastically, e.g. "Wow, is your team full of haxzorz?"


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