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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Geek love

Magnet #690 - I heart Geeks

Here we go with another Smurfy magnet from Target, this one with one of my favorite Smurfs of all, Brainy Smurf.

From Merriam-Webster:
Main Entry: geek
Pronunciation: \ˈgēk\
Function: noun
Etymology: probably from English dial. 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 disliked
3 : an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity

I needed a little reminder of what qualifies anyone as a geek. Though, I suppose MW should update their listing a little more toward Urban Dictionary's entries.

In the past 24 hours, I've seen folks like @NathanFillion and @Alyssa_Milano, and @ZacharyLevi refer to themselves as geeks. And of course, every time I hear a David Tennant interview, he tends to self-deprecate his Doctor Who and music fanboy behaviors as less than cool.

They're certainly not the only ones around, they're just the ones I've noticed recently. Eh, I just think it's funny how most people tend to dismiss themselves as geeks, whether or not people believe them or not.

As for myself, I tend to wear the term proudly - I mean, after all, you're sitting on 690 magnets' worth of geekiness.

Now, excuse me, I need to go find a live chicken. And maybe a carnival.
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The Geek said...

Love geekiness! I posted about this ( ) in April of last year, and it still cracks me up to read it. I'm definitely a geek, and I'm definitely in love with a geek, and I wouldn't have it any other way. :)

joy said...

Hey - IIRC, that's how we "met," your posting on dorkiness - (and whether or not you should be watching DW).