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Hmm. According to Google Groups, "newbies" is not only much more popular, it's also older. The earliest "newbies" result I got is <A HREF="http://www.google.com/groups?q=newbies&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&safe=off&scoring=d&as_drrb=b&as_mind=12&as_minm=5&as_miny=1981&as_maxd=23&as_maxm=2&as_maxy=1990&selm=445%40apctrc.UUCP&rnum=43&filter=0" TITLE="google.com">from 1988</a google.com>, but the earliest "noobies" result is <A HREF="http://www.google.com/groups?q=noobies&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&safe=off&as_drrb=b&as_mind=12&as_minm=5&as_miny=1981&as_maxd=23&as_maxm=2&as_maxy=1995&selm=357v93%245cd%40Starbase.NeoSoft.COM&rnum=5" TITLE="google.com">from 1994</a google.com>. I'm probably risking trollification here, but I don't follow your reasoning. I guess usenet isn't the end-all be-all indicator of word usage, but it's as good as anything I could think of. I think I'll let this subject drop now, though. I've probably annoyed enough people as it is with my off-topic blathering.
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