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  1. #1
    loser
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    Default OT nerds 'n' geeks

    Just been doing a bit of study, started randomly thinking of things not about study (well kind of...) decided to look up the definition of "geek"... huh? it's not even in my dictionary! neither is "nerd"!
    Collins New Pocket English Dictionary, 1992.

    anyway, I went online and found some definitions...
    from http://www.yourdictionary.com

    Main Entry: geek
    Pronunciation: 'gEk
    Function: noun
    Etymology: probably from English dialect geek, geck fool, from Low German geck, from Middle Low German
    Date: 1914
    1 : a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake
    2 : a person often of an intellectual bent who is disapproved of
    - geeky /'gE-kE/ adjective

    Main Entry: nerd
    Pronunciation: 'n&rd
    Function: noun
    Etymology: perhaps from nerd, a creature in the children's book If I Ran the Zoo (1950) by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel)
    Date: 1951
    : an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person; especially : one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits
    - nerd.ish /'n&r-dish/ adjective
    - nerdy /-dE/ adjective

    Personally, I'd rather be a geek (2)... nerd is a little more insulting...

  2. #2
    Clueless
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    Default Re: OT nerds 'n' geeks

    most titles start life as insulting...

    Perhaps i'm an aging punk rocker (a wonderful irony! )
    punk.. well now it seems to mean someone who likes loud agressive music simple enough to be a live and real perforance but the original meaning was a tad less flattering!

    .Clueless

  3. #3
    vk_dre
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    Default Re: OT nerds 'n' geeks

    personally i would be neither. they both seem insulting to me.

  4. #4
    Greg S
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    Default Re: OT nerds 'n' geeks

    Fortunately I've never been seriously regarded as either

  5. #5
    Baldy
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    Default Re: OT nerds 'n' geeks

    I remember (and it wasn't that long ago) if you called someone who was gay a "queer" it would be a humungous insult.

    Now they wear the name Queer like it's some badge of honour. They even have there own TV show of the same name.

    Just goes to show that what was once insulting, soon isn't.

    Just call me BALDY:-)

  6. #6
    Elephant
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    Default Re: OT nerds 'n' geeks

    That make TWO of us.....


    BALD that is!!!! :-) (If you are true to name)

    I often wonder what students get out of P.G.Wodehouse books where it mentions, "We had a gay time."

    What have they done with the word "Gaiety" one wonders?







  7. #7
    -=JM=-
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    Default Re: OT nerds 'n' geeks

    Well I have no problem what so ever with being called a geek. But I better not hear you calling me a nerd

    THough the lollies are damned good.

  8. #8
    Baldy
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    Default Re: OT nerds 'n' geeks


    >
    >
    > BALD that is!!!! :-) (If you are true to name)
    >

    Not quite, but its falling out by the second.......

    There IS a story behind my name LOL

  9. #9
    Clueless
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    Default Re: OT nerds 'n' geeks

    The only label i will truly except is GEEK which is great because it confuses people........

    "but you dont look like a geek!" well WTF does a geek look like anyway?

  10. #10
    -=JM=-
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    Default Re: OT nerds 'n' geeks

    > The only label i will truly except is GEEK
    > which is great because it confuses people........
    >
    > "but you dont look like a geek!" well WTF does a geek
    > look like anyway?

    Exactly, what does a geek look like.

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