Archive for June 8th, 2009

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Evolution of the GEEK – How we became Hip

06 · 08 · 09

by @lauraklotz

As recently as a century ago, the term geek referred to sideshow circus performers whose job it was to entertain the crowd by biting the heads off of live chickens or bats.

We’ve come a long way, baby.

The etymology of the word dates back to the old English or Low German word geck, meaning ‘freak.’  According to the relevant article at Wikipedia, the definition of geek has evolved over time to the point where it no longer has a definitive meaning.  It frequently gets classed with words that have similar definitions, such as nerd or dork, and they have all been known to be used in a derogatory fashion.

However, over the last several years, the geeks of the world have been revealing themselves in great numbers, taking back the word for themselves and applying it in a positive light.  Read the rest of this entry ?

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@lauraklotz

06 · 08 · 09

lauraklotz

@lauraklotz

Laura is a thirty-something geek living in her native Pennsylvania, where she spends too much time on the internet under the alias Lady Norbert.

In addition to contributing to this website, she is an administrator on the Zeldapedia, an online encyclopedia about all things concerning The Legend of Zelda, and a periodic contributor to TV Tropes.  She has taken the Geek Test at innergeek.us and was pleased to be identified as “Total Geek.” 

She wears a lot of t-shirts that make her mother roll her eyes and has a steadily growing sword and dagger collection.  Her geeky pastimes include writing fan fiction, playing video games, and watching movies with her equally geeky husband Kevin.  She masquerades as a normal person by working as the secretary in her church and writing freelance magazine articles; she’s deceived the populace so well that they allow her to be the advisor of the church’s youth group, the teenaged members of which she is gradually instructing in the Way of the Geek.

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Nerdabout’s Geek of the Week

06 · 08 · 09

On June 8th 2009, Kristin Rielly (aka @geekgirls) was chosen as Nerdabout’s GEEK of the WEEK. although the post is no longer available, below is a screen shot 🙂

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