ROT13 ("rotate by 13 places", sometimes hyphenated ROT-13) is a simple letter substitution cipher that replaces a letter with the letter 13 letters after it in the alphabet. ROT13 is an example of the Caesar cipher, developed in ancient Rome.In the basic Latin alphabet, ROT13 is its own inverse; that is, to undo ROT13, the same algorithm is applied, so the same action can be used for encoding and decoding. The algorithm provides virtually no cryptographic security, and is often cited as a canonical example of weak encryption.ROT13 is used in online forums as a means of hiding spoilers, punchlines, puzzle solutions, and offensive materials from the casual glance.
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    …! As fun as ROT13 sounds, it is not commonly used in language today. It had too narrow a use-case and it was complicated to execute. As Malcolm Gladwell discusses in The Tipping Point, some degree of exclusivity is required for trends to catch on. If the cool kids do it, everyone else will follow. But not when its too hard to copy “the cool kids…

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