Noob is an insulting term for a beginner, particularly one in an on-line forum or game.
The word is used principally by those whose sense of self-worth depends upon how many hours they have spent fighting non-existent gnomes with one hand while alternately scoffing tacos and scratching themselves with the other.
I'm not saying these people aren't without intelligence or wit - although their propensity to write the word n00b does rather suggest it.
Ah well. I seldom venture into on-line gnomes' labyrinths, so being called a noob isn't going to happen to me very often, probably. I can't help worrying, though.
Come on: be warriors, you guys. Save the bullying and name-calling for the gnomes, hey?
Hand carved by Nathan Gardner of Nutmeg Designs, Maine USA.
Word Not To Use Today: noob. This is short for newbie, or newcomer.