The Info List - Geek

--- Advertisement ---


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 * 4 Geek
chic * 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
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 Sanford -webkit-column-width: 30em; column-width: 30em;">

* Anorak and Boffin , British slang for "geek" * Akiba-kei and Otaku , Japanese slang for "geek" * Autodidactism * Behavior
* Diaosi * Geek Code * Geek girl * Geekcorps * Girl Geek Dinners * Nerd * Norm (sociology)
Norm (sociology)
* Video game culture * Philistinism * Reappropriation * Technosexual


* ^ A B "Geek". Dictionary.com-Merriam-Webster entry. Retrieved January 2, 2016. * ^ "Duden Geck Rechtschreibung, Bedeutung, Definition, Synonyme, Herkunft" (in German). Duden.de. October 30, 2012. Retrieved June 30, 2014. * ^ "Geek". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved May 3, 2013. * ^ "Dictionary.com: Geek". Retrieved May 10, 2017. * ^ The Colbert Report 17th of January video interview Richard Clarke * ^ "Reconstruction 6.1 (Winter 2006)". Reconstruction.eserver.org. Retrieved June 30, 2014. * ^ Beckett, Jamie (October 24, 2012). "Study shows Stanford alumni create nearly $3 trillion in economic impact each year". Stanford News. * ^ Amira, Dan (February 18, 2011). "The world’s most powerful man meets President Obama". New York Magazine
New York Magazine
. * ^ Unnatural Selection by Mark Roeder * ^ In praise of misfits. Economist. June 2, 2012. http://www.economist.com/node/21556230 * ^ "Geeky Becks\' specs appeal". The Sun . September 12, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2013. * ^ "Nice glasses! Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
is bringing geek chic back at the Social Network premiere". Daily Mail
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, 2012. * ^ 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. * ^ Lambert, Katie. "How Stuff works: Geek
Chic". People.howstuffworks.com. Retrieved June 30, 2014.