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 for wannabee
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  wannabee
      n 1: an ambitious and aspiring young person; "a lofty aspirant";
           "two executive hopefuls joined the firm"; "the audience was
           full of Madonna wannabes" [syn: aspirant, aspirer,
           hopeful, wannabe, wannabee]

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  wannabee
   /won'@?bee/, n.
  
      (also, more plausibly, spelled wannabe) [from a term recently used to
      describe Madonna fans who dress, talk, and act like their idol; prob.:
      originally from biker slang] A would-be hacker. The connotations of this
      term differ sharply depending on the age and exposure of the subject. Used
      of a person who is in or might be entering larval stage, it is
      semi-approving; such wannabees can be annoying but most hackers remember
      that they, too, were once such creatures. When used of any professional
      programmer, CS academic, writer, or suit, it is derogatory, implying that
      said person is trying to cuddle up to the hacker mystique but doesn't,
      fundamentally, have a prayer of understanding what it is all about. Overuse
      of terms from this lexicon is often an indication of the wannabee nature.
      Compare newbie.
  
      Historical note: The wannabee phenomenon has a slightly different flavor
      now (1993) than it did ten or fifteen years ago. When the people who are
      now hackerdom's tribal elders were in larval stage, the process of
      becoming a hacker was largely unconscious and unaffected by models known in
      popular culture ? communities formed spontaneously around people who, as
      individuals, felt irresistibly drawn to do hackerly things, and what
      wannabees experienced was a fairly pure, skill-focused desire to become
      similarly wizardly. Those days of innocence are gone forever; society's
      adaptation to the advent of the microcomputer after 1980 included the
      elevation of the hacker as a new kind of folk hero, and the result is that
      some people semi-consciously set out to be hackers and borrow hackish
      prestige by fitting the popular image of hackers. Fortunately, to do this
      really well, one has to actually become a wizard. Nevertheless, old-time
      hackers tend to share a poorly articulated disquiet about the change; among
      other things, it gives them mixed feelings about the effects of public
      compendia of lore like this one.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  wannabee
  
     /won'*-bee/ (Or, more plausibly, spelled "wannabe") [Madonna
     fans who dress, talk, and act like their idol; probably
     originally from biker slang] A would-be hacker.  The
     connotations of this term differ sharply depending on the age
     and exposure of the subject.  Used of a person who is in or
     might be entering larval stage, it is semi-approving; such
     wannabees can be annoying but most hackers remember that they,
     too, were once such creatures.  When used of any professional
     programmer, CS academic, writer, or suit, it is derogatory,
     implying that said person is trying to cuddle up to the hacker
     mystique but doesn't, fundamentally, have a prayer of
     understanding what it is all about.  Overuse of hacker terms
     is often an indication of the wannabee nature.  Compare
     newbie.
  
     Historical note: The wannabee phenomenon has a slightly
     different flavour now (1993) than it did ten or fifteen years
     ago.  When the people who are now hackerdom's tribal elders
     were in larval stage, the process of becoming a hacker was
     largely unconscious and unaffected by models known in popular
     culture - communities formed spontaneously around people who,
     *as individuals*, felt irresistibly drawn to do hackerly
     things, and what wannabees experienced was a fairly pure,
     skill-focussed desire to become similarly wizardly.  Those
     days of innocence are gone forever; society's adaptation to
     the advent of the microcomputer after 1980 included the
     elevation of the hacker as a new kind of folk hero, and the
     result is that some people semi-consciously set out to *be
     hackers* and borrow hackish prestige by fitting the popular
     image of hackers.  Fortunately, to do this really well, one
     has to actually become a wizard.  Nevertheless, old-time
     hackers tend to share a poorly articulated disquiet about the
     change; among other things, it gives them mixed feelings about
     the effects of public compendia of lore like this one.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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