The word GEEK is a slang term originally used to describe eccentric
or non-mainstream people; in current use, the word typically connotes
an expert or enthusiast or a person obsessed with a hobby or
intellectual pursuit, with a general pejorative meaning of a "peculiar
person, especially one who is perceived to be overly intellectual,
unfashionable, or socially awkward".
Although often considered as a pejorative, the term is also used
self-referentially without malice or as a source of pride. Its meaning
has evolved to refer to "someone who is interested in a subject
(usually intellectual or complex) for its own sake".
* 1 Etymology
* 2 Definitions
* 3 Impact
* 5 See also
* 6 References
* 7 External links
The word comes from
English dialect geek or geck (meaning a "fool" or
"freak "; from
Middle Low German
Middle Low German Geck). "Geck" is a standard term in
modern German and means "fool" or "fop". The root also survives in
the Dutch and
Afrikaans adjective gek ("crazy"), as well as some
German dialects , and in the Alsatian word Gickeleshut ("jester 's
hat"; used during carnival). In 18th century
Austria , Gecken were
freaks on display in some circuses . In 19th century North America,
the term geek referred to a performer in a geek show in a circus,
traveling carnival or travelling funfair sideshows (see also freak
show ). The 1976 edition of the
American Heritage Dictionary included
only the definition regarding geek shows. This variation of the term
was used to comic effect in an episode of popular 1970s TV show
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* Anorak and
Boffin , British slang for "geek"
Otaku , Japanese slang for "geek"
Girl Geek Dinners
Video game culture
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* ^ In praise of misfits. Economist. June 2, 2012.
* ^ "Geeky Becks\' specs appeal". The Sun . September 12, 2010.
Retrieved March 1, 2013.
* ^ "Nice glasses!
Justin Timberlake is bringing geek chic back at
the Social Network premiere".
Daily Mail . September 25, 2010.
Retrieved March 1, 2013.
* ^ "Hot or Not:
Myleene Klass does geek chic in spectacles".
uk.stylelist.com. August 31, 2010. Archived from the original on
September 3, 2010. Retrieved June 30, 2014.
* ^ "Whacky
NBA Playoff Fashion!". YouTube. Retrieved June 26,
* ^ Cacciola, Scott (June 14, 2012). "
NBA Finals: LeBron James,
Dwyane Wade and Other Fashion Plates of the
NBA Make Specs of
Themselves". Online.wsj.com. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
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People.howstuffworks.com. Retrieved June 30, 2014.