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"Noob" To Become The Millionth Official English Word

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the cry-more dept.

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PHPNerd writes "According to experts, the English language has entered a state of evolution that is progressing so rapidly that we are adding a new word to it every 98 minutes. This kind of language development hasn't been seen since the days of William Shakespeare. One of the biggest words in nerd culture today is "noob" which could end up being the 1,000,000th word added to the English language by the Global Language Monitor. From the article, 'The word "noob" has its heavy roots in gamer culture, which should be obvious since we're talking about it. It's also seen a lot of use among online communities to "welcome" fresh faces, and has become an accepted term of abuse for anybody who looks like they don't know what they're doing. The Global Language Monitor accepts words once they have been used 25,000 times by media outlets.'"

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wha... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27970825)

Im sure Im not the only one who went

"Oh.....my.....god"

Re:wha... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27972151)

Nah, I'm waiting for omg to become a word first.

no (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27974331)

there is no such thing as "official" English words.

Re:no (1)

nausea_malvarma (1544887) | more than 5 years ago | (#27980847)

Someone mod this up. Descriptive Linguistics FTW.

Hooray for "noob"! (1)

narfspoon (1376395) | more than 5 years ago | (#27974839)

Hooray for "noob"!
It's a better 1 millionth milestone word than "greenwashing" which was reported elsewhere to possibly be taking the spot.

They spelled it wrong. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27975145)

We all know it's n00b.

REVENGE OF THE NERDS! (1)

Seriousity (1441391) | more than 5 years ago | (#27976389)

TAKE THAT YOU FSCKING NOOBS!

Pedantic spelling issue (3, Insightful)

dpeters1 (1021959) | more than 5 years ago | (#27981841)

IMHO, "noob" is the newb way to spell newb.

Re:Pedantic spelling issue (1)

landaishan (1537821) | more than 5 years ago | (#27983543)

if youre a noob you might think that....

It goes to show (2)

taucross (1330311) | more than 5 years ago | (#27993597)

It goes to show that even after a million words, humans still have a lot to learn.

I highly approve... (2, Funny)

dohadeer (598581) | more than 5 years ago | (#27999363)

But when will they finally add Saibot?

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