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时髦英语口语词汇讲解第30期:Newbie!

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You might remember seeing two zeros in another word in this series (w00t!) and that there we saw how online gamers and chatters often use their own language and spellings for common words.
大家也许还记的我们的系列节目中出现过一个带了两个0的单词w00t,从那个单词身上我们能看到出网络游戏玩家和聊天的人通常用他们自己的方式和拼写来表达日常单词的意思。

Newbie (or n00b) is another word that was made popular by these groups of people.
这里又有另外一个因为这些人的使用而变得流行起来的单词:newbie或者n00b

A newbie is a new member of any community, online game or web-based activity.
一个newbie指的是任何社团的新成员,以及网络游戏中或者任何与网络有关的活动中的新手。

It's a difficult word in that it's often hard to tell the sentiment behind its use.
这个单词很难,因为通常情况下要听出这个单词背后的感情是不容易的。

In a purely descriptive way, it simply refers to new members, and doesn't entail any kind of judgement on the part of the user - 'there will be a meeting for newbies on Thursday to go over the basics'.
如果只是单纯地当做形容词来用,它就仅仅指新成员,并没有含有用使用者的感情在里面,如:周四将会有一个新人会,学习一些基础的知识。

However, it is often used in a derogatory context, with older more experienced members looking down on new members and finding them a distraction or an irritation - 'just ignore the newbies, they're not worth the trouble'.
但是很多时候这个词的语境会带有贬义,一般是资深老员工鄙夷地认为新手为分散大家的注意力并且认为他们很烦人,如:当那些新手是空气好了,没必要为了他们去麻烦。

In the derogatory context you might find 'n00b' to be more common.
大家会发现n00b多用于贬义的语境中。

Newbie certainly has more history than this - in Vietnam, new arrivals were often referred to as newbies, and 'non-useful bodies' was the term given to new sailors on submarines until they had learnt the necessary skills to contribute to the running of the craft (they were often referred to as N.U.B.s, or 'nubes')
当然,Newbie的历史远比这个要久。在越南,刚到的人一般被认为是newbies,而在海上,新的水手一般被认为‘没用’直到他们学会了基本知识并开始掌握航海技术为止(新的水手一般会被称为NUBs或者nubes——菜鸟)。

- but it is the modern, technology usage which is most common and most widely-recognised.
但是正是这个词在现代科技领域的使用使得它变得普及更广为传播。

A word from the wise - if you're a n00b, the best thing you can do is keep your head down and listen for a while.
智者说的,作为新手,总得有一阵子,最好是万事低头并虚心听教。

In that respect, online communities are no different from face-to-face ones.
从这方面看,网上的各种团体跟现实生活中的团体没什么区别。

Learning the ropes is part of becoming a respected member.
学会技巧是成为受人尊敬的成员的一部分。


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