There are two ways to spell it. It’s either N-E-W-B, or the more popular N-O-O-B. You might think it’s safe enough to use the two interchangeably, but a little bit of research will show that there’s actually quite a big difference. Don’t worry, if you use the wrong spelling, all that will happen is everyone on the planet will judge you and make you want to want to live under a rock. You might as well say you “weight tables” for a living, or that you have a “sorted past.”
According to UrbanDictionary.com (I think they named it that because they knew that DictionaryForPeopleWhoWatchShowsLikeTheRealWorldAndJerseyShore.com would cause a massive outbreak of carpal tunnel within their target demographic), “newb” and “noob” are actually polar opposites. Like a maze and a labyrinth. Oooh, I should write an article about that.
So here’s a recap of the general consensus among internet-goers:
|Short for “newbie,” a newb is just someone who is new to something, but they’re usually humble and ready to learn. Like a baby deer on ice, their incompetence is endearing, and people generally flock to help them find their footing.||Also spelled n00b (with zeros), this is actually a derogatory term saved for arrogant yet ignorant know-it-alls, who make fools of themselves by spreading negativity, making erroneous claims, and just being all-around unpleasant individuals.|
Either way, now you know when to call someone a newb, and when to ignore everything they say and generally avoid having anything to do with everything they touch. Because that’s how you deal with noobs. It’s worth noting that when someone calls someone else a noob, there’s a 50% chance that the name-caller is also a noob. Either that, or they’re a newb at name-calling.
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