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Pwn is a kind of hacker or gamer term meaning “own”.

To “pwn” someone’s account, for example, is to gain access and effectively “own” it. In gaming it’s an indication that you’ve vanquished or out fought an opponent.

Variations include:

  • pwned: to be on the receiving end of of the hacker or gamer’s activities
  • pwnage: for pure ownage, stressing the superiority of the hacker or gamer over his or her conquest
pwn (Wikipedia)
A "31337 H4X0R" laptop sticker, along with a Kevin Mitnick sticker

Leet (or "1337"), also known as eleet or leetspeak, is a system of modified spellings used primarily on the Internet. It often uses character replacements in ways that play on the similarity of their glyphs via reflection or other resemblance. Additionally, it modifies certain words based on a system of suffixes and alternate meanings. There are many dialects or linguistic varieties in different online communities.

The term "leet" is derived from the word elite, used as an adjective to describe formidable prowess or accomplishment, especially in the fields of online gaming and computer hacking. The leet lexicon includes spellings of the word as 1337 or leet.

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