Description: After reading this node, I dusted off one of my oldest perl scripts. If you can't tell, I had just discovered regular expressions.

That last paragraph haxorfied:
4f73r r34d1n9 }{4c|<1n9, 1 du$73d 0ff 0n3 0f my 01d357 p3r1 5cr1p7z.

You can see, it goes really overboard, but I have actually seen people talk like this. Ahh, the joys of USENET.



sub ran { return $_[( rand (scalar @_ ))] }  # Allow random choices

while (<>) {

$data = $_;
# The conversion rules.
# Watch the order if you decide to add your own.
# Use the e regex switch and the "ran" function with a list of possibi
#   to pick a random possibility.

#Phrase conversions

$data =~ s/(\btoo\b|\bto\b)\b/2/gi; 
$data =~ s/\belite\b/ran("eleet","leet")/gie;
$data =~ s/\bdude/d00d/gi;
$data =~ s/\bfile/phyle/gi;
$data =~ s/\byou\b\b/ran("u","you","u","u")/gie;  # Make "u" way more 
$data =~ s/\bcool\b/ran("kool","kewl")/gie;
$data =~ s/\bhacker/haxor/gi;

#Single character conversions

$data =~ s/ss^\b/ran("55","\$\$","\$\$")/gie;
$data =~ s/s\b/ran("z","\$", "z")/gie;     #s -word boundary to z     
$data =~ s/e/3/gi;
$data =~ s/t/7/gi;
$data =~ s/(l|i)/1/gi;
$data =~ s/a/4/gi;
$data =~ s/s/ran("5","\$","\$","\$")/gie;
$data =~ s/b/8/gi;
$data =~ s/g/9/gi;
$data =~ s/o/0/gi;
$data =~ s/n/ran("\/\\\/","n","n")/gie;  #Huh? Convert n to /\/
$data =~ s/h/ran("h","\}\{")/gie;    # h to }{
$data =~ s/k/ran("k","\|\<")/gie;
$data =~ s/w/\\\/\\\//gi; # w to \/\/

print $data;