What would be the preferred preposition after "noob", as in, "I'm a noob [preposition] programming"? Would that be "to", as in, "I'm a newcomer to x"? (I assume you would use the same preposition after "noob" and "newbie".)

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    I'd say: "I am a noob in programming...." – user66974 Jul 27 '16 at 14:32
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    You would usually say "I'm a programming noob". – Max Williams Jul 27 '16 at 14:47
  • @MaxWilliams, good point, I had overlooked that. – Tsundoku Jul 27 '16 at 15:07
  • quora.com/… – user66974 Jul 27 '16 at 15:22

Ngram to the rescue...

Noob in/at/on does not register in Ngram but if you calque it on newbie, it seems that

newbie in

wins, followed closely by at and on ex-aequo.

enter image description here It seems that Noob is mostly used as a standalone noun as in "I'm a noob". If you take in-at-on out of the equation this word get lot of hits.

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but as standalone newbie is still the king.

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  • thanks for pointing me to the Ngram Viewer. Apparently, "newbie to" is even more frequent than "newbie in": books.google.com/ngrams/…. – Tsundoku Jul 27 '16 at 14:45
  • right, I forgot to add "to" to the mix, you can answer your question yourself then or I can edit mine to take account of it. Let me know. – P. O. Jul 27 '16 at 14:50
  • Thanks for the update. And yes, I can answer my own question now ;-) – Tsundoku Jul 27 '16 at 15:06
  • @ChristopheStrobbe , Probertelli, Problem with these Ngrams is that they don't tell you what is coming after the preposition. If you actually look at the examples you'll find they are mostly things like "invited a newbie to the bar", "put a newbie in charge of the programme", "met a lovely new newbie at work" and so on and so forth. So this tells you nothing at all about "newbie [preposition] activity/job". :( – Araucaria - Not here any more. Jul 27 '16 at 17:34
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    @Araucaria Good catch. I'll need to look into that when I have some more time. – Tsundoku Jul 27 '16 at 17:35

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