Noob, Newb, Nub, or Newbie are terms used amongst RuneScape players and much of the gaming communities in general. Both "noob" and "newb" are used to refer to a new player or newcomer who generally has an incompetent or low Combat or skill level.
Despite it being an insult, it is popular as players cannot be reported for using it unless it is done to such a degree that it constitutes spamming, which would have to be sufficient "to render the chat window useless". This is in violation of Jagex's Code of Conduct, and it may result in temporary mutes or other punishments.
In May 2009, various news sources reported that "noob" was a candidate to be the one millionth word in the English language, which was expected on 10 June. At that time, unofficial definitions of the word included "a derogatory name for someone new to a particular task or community". However, "noob" ultimately entered the language officially as the 999,998th word, with the millionth being Web 2.0 on 10 June.
There are many variations and derivatives to the generally accepted words "noob", "noobie", "newb", and "newbie". These include "narb", "newblet", "nooblet", "nub", "nubcaik", "noobcaek", "nublet", "froob", "choob", "nubsauce" and numerous others. Any of these terms may also be written in leet, such as "n00b" or "n008".
A "froob" was a term used for someone who has never left Lumbridge, although players themselves normally use this term as an insult towards those unfamiliar with members' worlds. "Choob" usually means an inexperienced high level player or a high level that acts like a noob, but can be used to describe a J-Mod's noob account.
"Noob" is used by many people simply as an insult regardless of the context, as it is an insult, which is not a reportable offence. Even a player of a much lower level may still call another player "noob" for being annoying to them, or for doing something that an experienced player, in their opinion, should know better than to do.
While many players use "noob" to describe a new (usually low-level) player, this is not the only meaning. The word "noob" is also used to describe someone who begs or sabotages something (sometimes unintentionally), such as destroying barricades in Castle Wars or placing them in inconvenient locations, or killing brawlers in Pest Control that are blocking other pests, or setting up a Dwarf multicannon so it will kill enemies for the player. The reasons behind this are typically a lack of knowledge of the game or the rules of the game, meaning that level does not necessarily come into it, though some people do this on purpose simply to annoy members of the opposing team. It may also be used to describe someone who simply acts stupidly, regardless of his or her experience. It can also refer to a player who has been playing for a while but because of some blunder can not become skilled at the game.
As the word "noob" is used so often, over time, it tends to lose its meaning and its offensiveness. Another usage for the word "noob" would be in the phrase "noob account", which describes a player's secondary account, usually with lower skills and combat level.
References in the game
Jagex seems to have realised that noob is such a commonly used word, and they use it themselves sometimes. For example, in the God Wars Dungeon, the word "noob" is carved into the floor beneath a frozen body.
In RuneScape 3, "NOOB" is also an acronym for the New Order Occult Bookists, a small society found within the Wizards' Guild that studies Magic from old tomes. It is also used in Quick Chat (although the spelling is newb), when a player presses the shortcut keys GPD4 — usually when told to by another player, will return "I'm a newb" as the chat message.
Several times, a non-player character will use the word as a joke. Indeed, "noob" is such a common word that it is seen as one of the most common words used on RuneScape.
- ↑ Mod Mark H. The Rules and Reporting. The Reporting Academy pp. 1. Jagex. 06-Jun-2008. “Noob:
Being called a noob can be annoying. You may have a bad game of Castle Wars, for example, and find that a player follows you around afterwards, calling you a 'noob'. As irritating as this may be to you, please do not report it unless there is something more serious that you'd like us to take a look at! If the player is really bothering you, add them to your Ignore List - that way, you'll have no more trouble from them.”*
- ↑ 'Noob' could be the millionth English word. Tech and Gadget news. Microsoft Network (MSN). 2009-05-07. “'Noob' could well be the millionth word in the English language... The news comes directly from the Global Language Monitor that estimates the millionth word in the English language is set to arrive on June 10th, 2009... A number of British newspapers including The Daily Telegraph, The Sun and The Independent have all decreed that 'noob' could be that momentous word.”*
- ↑ Moore, Matthew. One millionth English word could be 'defriend' or 'noob'. Culture News. Telegraph Media Group Limited. 2009-05-06. “The English language will celebrate its one millionth word next month, with "defriend", "noob" and "chiconomics" among the candidates... The terms it [the Global Language Monitor] is currently monitoring which could take English to the one million threshold include... "noob" – a derogatory name for someone new to a particular task or community”*