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Scrub

noun; zero derivation; colloquial(ly); slang
A person who attempts to play and does poorly in a videogame. Also expanded to a person who is bad at other activities or in general.
 
Wow, did this scrub on our team really just waste all his points? We're going to lose for sure.
Etymology : In fighting videogames, one is supposed to press a sequence of butons to deal maximum damage to an opponent. People who are bad at such games usually mash all buttons in a scrubbing motion The term "a scrub" is a zero-derivation of the adjective"one who scrubs (a controller)" into a noun. The term also became generalized to a person who is bad at other activities. From schrubben "to scrub" (Middle Dutch or Middle Low German), from Proto-Germanic schrub "a cleaning tool".
Source : Conversation with friends, Dec 2012
Last modified: 22 November 2013


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