A man on the internet called me a “noob.” What does that mean?
In this excerpt from
Answercast #12, I look at some typical computer slang and where it is often
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Noob (spelled n-o-o-b) is a slang shorthand for “newbie” (n-e-w-b-i-e);
which is slang shorthand for someone who is new to a particular activity. So if
you’re new to computers, you’re a newbie or a noob.
It’s typically meant as a somewhat derogatory term. Typically, it means that
the person who is saying it to you is quite full of themselves and thinks
highly of their own skills in that area compared to you.
We’re all new at one time
As with all things, we are all noobs at one point or another. We learn
what we’re doing and then go on to become more experienced.
Typically, it’s most common in games. As I occasionally play World of
Warcraft, you definitely see derogatory comments from some of the less mature
players about some of the people who are new to the game, calling them “noobs”
or “newbies” and it’s just a fact of life.
We all have to start somewhere.