While this may be a needed evil in places where rapid typing is a good thing like IRC, I dislike people who use it in static media, email, or to make a very bad attempt at being a w4r3z d00d.

This has annoyed me so greatly I now have a standard retort for it - 'u' is only 'you' if you are speaking formal Dutch. Otherwise, it's 'je'. This has the advantage of being a true and useful factoid. I think. Dutch speakers, feel free to correct me.

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