refers to one who is a novice, a greenhorn, a student/disciple, a subordinate, or just simply
Has its origins from the "Kung Fu" television series from the 1970s, starring
David Carradine as the Shaolin
priest Kwai Chang Caine
. As a young student at the Shaolin
, in his youthful ignorance, takes pity on a blind Shaolin
the master's blindness to be a terrible affliction. The master quickly corrects Caine
, illustrating that
despite his blindness, his awareness of the world is much higher
's -- for example, the master takes notice of the grasshopper at Caine
's feet whereas Caine
moment on, the blind
master befriends Caine
and becomes a mentor to him. He gives Caine
the nickname of "Grasshopper" in an affectionate reference to this first encounter.
Person 1: I've never played Guitar Hero before. How do you play?
Person 2: Ah, watch and learn, Grasshopper ...