For example, leet spellings of the word leet include 1337 and l33t; eleet may be spelled 31337 or 3l33t.Leet may also be considered a substitution cipher, although many dialects or linguistic varieties exist in different online communities.

Leet, like hacker slang, employs analogy in construction of new words.

For example, if haxored is the past tense of the verb "to hack" (hack → haxor → haxored), then winzored would be easily understood to be the past tense conjugation of "to win," even if the reader had not seen that particular word before.

However, this practice is not extensively used in regular leet; more often it is seen in situations where the argot (i.e., secret language) characteristics of the system are required, either to exclude newbies or outsiders in general, i.e., anything that the average reader cannot make sense of is valid; a valid reader should himself try to make sense, if deserving of the underlying message.

Another use for Leet orthographic substitutions is the creation of paraphrased passwords.

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.

require less extensive forms of Leet when used in this application.

Some examples of leet include B1ff and n00b, a term for the stereotypical newbie; the l33t programming language; and the web-comic Megatokyo, which contains characters who speak leet.

Derivation of a noun from an adjective stem is done by attaching -ness to any adjective.