I'm not really sure why I did read it but I read here that "noob" wasn't an offensive term... I must dispute that claim! It is! Newbie ("new by", litterally) and Noob don't hold the same meaning at all : - A newbie is new at what he does but can adapt and progress and is willing to do so. There is hope in the newbie that he will become elite ; - A noob is unable/unwilling to communicate properly with other persons and learn from them; he is stubborn, self-centered and hopeless as far as his "gaming education" goes. Not really the same profiles. Maybe the meaning of "noob" has changed over the years, due to intensive teenage internet trash-talk, I wouldn't know. Yet, "maranoob" isn't an appealing term. At all. So... take it for what it is: trash-talk.