Lolz, “N00b” soon to be officially in English language May 8, 2009Posted by baldricman in General, News.
Tags: english, language, n00b, new, newbie, noob, slang
I’ve always been fascinated by the English language, and while still in school even went so far as investigating the job opportunities for etymologists. (People would usually respond with something like “What, you want to study bugs?!”). Although I am easily frustrated by poor spelling and grammar in official, corporate, marketing, or media usage, (I too have been called a Grammar-Nazi…), I’ve become very relaxed in casual conversation, writing, and “interweb-speak”. (Oh, and blogging, in case you were wondering).
I’ve even been known to throw in a few buzz-words from time to time, though don’t like to talk about it much. All in all I think that while its important to maintain the commonly agreed-upon rules of a language, it is also necessary, and exciting, to see the language grow, while we use it. According to some opinions, the English language grows by about 25 000 words, per year. That’s a lot. English of course is usually seen as having its origins mostly in Latin, French, and the Germanic languages, with more minor influences from Greek etc, but one can’t forget that a staggering amount of “new material” is added from scientific, medical, technical or other fields.
And that’s where the title of this post comes in. According to Global Language Monitor, the millionth word in English could very well be “noob”, and within the next few weeks. From TechRadar (full article here):
Global Language Monitor acknowledges new words once they have been used 25,000 times by media outlets, social networking websites and in other public sources.
So what is a noob? Well if you don’t know, then you probably are one. In short, it’s just an evolved form of “newbie”, as in a rookie, or “nozzer”.
But, check out this page on the Urban Dictionary for a great description.