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Noobies v newbies

Posted by: Joe Barr on February 24, 2004 10:30 PM

The long answer

The first article in this series was dripping with a faux "boot camp drill instructor addressing recruits" kind of attitude. You know, the whole "Whattsa matter, sweetheart, did your mommy forget to pack your favorite jammies?" thing.

For that kind of opening to work, one phrase in particular needed to have grit: nattering noobies. To my ear, the double t's in nattering called out for an alternative spelling which would echo the repetition. "Nattering newbies" just doesn't work as well for me.

The short answer

Yes, I'm weird.<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:)


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