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NEWBIE

THIS MONTH, WE’RE LOOKING AT THE WORD “NEWBIE”, AND OTHER WORDS WITH A SIMILAR MEANING.

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A “newbie” is the newest member to a group. It can be used descriptively or in a more derogatory way. The term started being used in the Vietnam War, and was commonly used in the navy, especially on submarines. In the case of the navy, it is used derogatorily. Newly-arrived sailors were considered useless until they had learned the ropes. After that, they were described as Non-Useful Bodies or N.U.Bs. So, when the acronym was pronounced as a word, it became “Newbie”. Descriptively, the word is not offensive at all, but is used informally. Here are some examples of its usage in each sense:

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The latest issue of Hot English (173 – the October issue) is out now! Learn over 300 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: 8 reallyuseful phrasal verbs, 6 expressions for talking about parties, 12 sightseeing words and expressions, 10 useful phrases for making small talk, 12 useful words for the restaurant, 8 “table” idioms, 8 phrasal verbs for talking about relationships... plus: • Psychology – dogs and kids. • Celebrities – names with meaning. • Travel – famous train stations. • Grammar – confusing words. • Phone – leaving a message. • Film scripts – the Godfather. • Holidays – Thanksgiving. • Spelling – “i” before “e”. • TV – Father Ted. • History – stand-still moments. • Cinema – types of film. • Music – misheard lyrics. • Language – a “newbie”. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 300 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!
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