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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.

Name calling

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.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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3 Comments
Phillip
April 27, 2012 8:53 AM

Noob definitely an insult. I suspect on Need for Speed World it means not only newbie, but also someone who doesn't cheat and is therefore easy to beat

Pollyanna
April 27, 2012 2:53 PM

You mean n00b? ;-)

Yes, of course. The correct hacker (or Hax0r) spelling would be n00b. Smile
Leo
29-Apr-2012
expert
April 28, 2012 4:45 AM

You are all Noobs at alien-lifeform autopsy. I am an expert in this field. Thank you.

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