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It's just a fact of life that we all have to start somewhere. A Noob is someone at the beginning.
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 used.
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.
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.
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