Will "Noob" Be the Millionth Word in the English Language?

 Pages 1 2 3 NEXT
 

Will "Noob" Be the Millionth Word in the English Language?

image

The English language is on the verge of adding its one millionth word and according to the Global Language Monitor, that word just might be "noob."

The Global Language Monitor recognizes words once they've been used 25,000 times by media outlets, social networks and other sources, and says the widespread use of English as a second language throughout Asia has resulted in its most dramatic growth since Shakespeare's era. The group currently predicts that the English language will hit the magic million mark at 10:22 am on June 10, and "noob" - including, presumably, its synonyms "n00b" and "newb" - could very well take the crown.

It's not a lock for the title, however. Other words in the running include "defollow" and "defriend," which refer to the act of dropping Twitter and Facebook contacts, "greenwashing," which describes the activities of companies attempting to appear environmentally friendly, and "chiconomics," which has something to do with maintaining a fashionable lifestyle during times of recession.

"Despite having a million words at our disposal it is unlikely that we will ever use more than just a tiny fraction of them," said Global Language Monitor Chief Analyst Paul Payack. "The average person's vocabulary is fewer than 14,000 words out of these million that are available. A person who is linguistically gifted would only use 70,000 words."

Of course, nailing down a specific one millionth entry in the English lexicon is an iffy proposition at best and some linguists have questioned whether such a determination can be made at all. For my part, I must admit to a certain ambivalence over the possibility that a milestone so noteworthy might be achieved by leet-speak; I realize that languages are organic and evolving but this feels vaguely regressive somehow. Isn't it just a tiny bit sad that 400 years of progress has brought us from "Let me be cruel, not unnatural; I will speak daggers to her, but use none," to "QQ more, noob?"

Source: The Telegraph

Permalink

I certainly hope not, there are much better words...examples are missing in my head right now.

That's what the English language needs, more stupid intenet slang.

Seems a bit odd for Chinese adaptation of English to add words to the language ^^

I think noob is more deserving of the place than the other words competing for the position as millionth (if it's between noob and defriend/defollow/greenwashing/chiconomics, I know which I'm routing for). Leet-speak is winz - concise yet expressive.

Oh my GOD please tell me noob isn't going to make it into the English language! It pisses me off enough seeing it already, I don't want it legitimised!

You know what? I must say, I think the word noob has earned the right to be a real word. If it happens to get the prestigious spot as millionth word, then all the better. I mean, enough people use it right? And it's fairly useful. Unlike those other words mentioned- defollow? Defriend? Chiconomics? I've never even heard these words. They definetly don't deserve the spot over noob.

I cannot BEAR the word noob - it's just an excuse for long-established members of any community to chuck insults at people who should instead be given a bit of a warmer reception and who have usually actually done nothing wrong, other than perhaps being stupid enough to dare ask someone's advice about how to do something.

it aint all bad. 400years from now Shakespearean language will still be seen as eloquent & all that. geekspeak meanwhile will have long since fizzled away like so many other fads.

That is a sign that the anti-intellectualism movement is winning. So sad it actually had to come from the gaming community.

That would be totally epic, yet sad.

inu-kun:
That's what the English language needs, more stupid intenet slang.

considering the internet slang has butchured the english language enough

Internet slang should not be in the Dictionary, plain and simple. I can't believe they're even considering this. And who on Earth uses words like defollow and chiconomics? "Bangs head on keyboard"

Thank god they don't include CSS/Halo/Whatever usage. Otherwise it would have probably been added about 10 years ago.

I will ONLY accept "noob" in the dictionary if the entire definition says "See saibot"

There is way more then a million words! Think about it...

Seriously, I will wait, I have nothing better to do right now.

Got it yet?

How about know?

I will enlighten you if you ain't figured it out yet. There is over a billion trillion numbers, each number was a word and sign representation, there for over a trillion words.

Newb/Newbie? Sure, knock yourselves out. Noob? I swear, I'll cut you!

needausername:
There is way more then a million words! Think about it...

Seriously, I will wait, I have nothing better to do right now.

Got it yet?

How about know?

I will enlighten you if you ain't figured it out yet. There is over a billion trillion numbers, each number was a word and sign representation, there for over a trillion words.

95% of which are combinations of other number-words.

i'd sooner prefer 1337 to become an officially recognized language on a planet far, far away than to have English absorb that waste of a syllable.

I'm not lying, that sounds kind of cool lol.

Lvl 64 Klutz:

needausername:
There is way more then a million words! Think about it...

Seriously, I will wait, I have nothing better to do right now.

Got it yet?

How about know?

I will enlighten you if you ain't figured it out yet. There is over a billion trillion numbers, each number was a word and sign representation, there for over a trillion words.

95% of which are combinations of other number-words.

One word (or two in your theory) Blackboard. Its its own word, even though it is a combination of the words black and board.

great...just what the english language needs, internet slang that only idoits would use when they want to declare someone is unskilled at something.

needausername:

One word (or two in your theory) Blackboard. Its its own word, even though it is a combination of the words black and board.

20,000
Twenty thousand

54
Fifty four/Fifty-four

I've never seen fiftyfour or twentythousand.

If this happens, I'll reject English as a language, and start usin-... parler Fran├žais.

Lvl 64 Klutz:

needausername:

One word (or two in your theory) Blackboard. Its its own word, even though it is a combination of the words black and board.

20,000
Twenty thousand

54
Fifty four/Fifty-four

I've never seen fiftyfour or twentythousand.

Crap! My flawless plan, I must slink away and plot for now...

The_root_of_all_evil:
Romeo & Juliet in 1337

That was just horrible... is that really what our English language has become?

Lukeje:

The_root_of_all_evil:
Romeo & Juliet in 1337

That was just horrible... is that really what our English language has become?

Afraid so... but that really just represents the 10-17 demographic from what I've seen.

I already added "noob" to my computer's dictionary :)

This is ridiculous. There is not 1,000,0000 active words in the English language. That is obviously an exhaustive historical list, to which new words are added but old ones are never removed. And the fact that we only know 14k of the words? We obviously aren't using different sets of 14k words or we wouldn't be able to talk to each other. That means nobody is using 986,000 of the words anymore. So are they really part of the English language if nobody is using them?

YOU WILL SELECT N00B, N00BS!

i say the word noob about 87 times a day so yes it will Be the Millionth Word in the English Language.

inu-kun:
That's what the English language needs, more stupid intenet slang.

But if it gets added to the dictionary, will it still be slang, technically? And who knows, maybe if the words gets added, people will stop using it since it's now everyone knows about it.

yeah i think that number of words is rather inflated, there's a bunch that have been removed, last i heard english is around 400k or something for words

it is by far the most verbose language out there

The_root_of_all_evil:
Romeo & Juliet in 1337

...oh Jesus Christ. I tried, I really did, before ragequitting at the very beginning of act 1, scene 1.

Meh, I think noob is just one of those words that I overused for a while and got over it. It'd be pretty sad if we reduced the whole language to stupidity, though oddly fitting in a way.

And yes, I realise the irony in an Essex boy moaning about the butchery of the English language.

Lvl 64 Klutz:
Newb/Newbie? Sure, knock yourselves out. Noob? I swear, I'll cut you!

This
This
100 times, this!

 Pages 1 2 3 NEXT

Reply to Thread

Log in or Register to Comment
Have an account? Login below:
With Facebook:Login With Facebook
or
Username:  
Password:  
  
Not registered? To sign up for an account with The Escapist:
Register With Facebook
Register With Facebook
or
Register for a free account here