There's this sentence in The Dark Forest by Liu Cixin:


Joel Martinsen translated the sentence like this:

“Look at you, bringing up the issue on your own. Saying you may have killed her, even. We’re just having a casual chat. What’s your hurry? You’re new at this, that much is clear.”

That gives the impression that 嫩主 means something like: greenhorn/novice/newbie/rookie.

Most of the results online for "个嫩主" only bring up the same quote from The Dark Forest, but there are a few others:

  • 新来的主儿太嫩,总要TMD给这些个嫩主儿找点个杈儿。

  • 一看212楼就是个嫩主,你还生活在鼓里,别看一下CCAV就乱下评论,

  • 也不能说他那天都是装的,只是聊着聊着他就发现Helen绝不是个嫩主儿,表现的不卑不亢

It doesn't seem that greenhorn/novice/newbie/rookie can necessarily be directly substituted for 嫩主 here, though.

Any ideas?

  • I think your impression is correct.
    – xbh
    Nov 29, 2018 at 8:55
  • Maybe some other alternatives: naïve, inexperienced, innocent…
    – xbh
    Nov 29, 2018 at 8:57
  • newbie. Why do you not find a English edition as a reference. Indeed English version is not good enough as the first season.
    – Zhang
    Nov 29, 2018 at 9:46
  • I just realize, my last comment maybe made misunderstanding. It means "newbie"...
    – Zhang
    Dec 3, 2018 at 0:24

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Your impression is correct, it can also be expressed as




I will keep adding when I recall more of those.

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