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Has the word Geek become too popular?

 
 
Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 07:53 pm
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Last week, while talking with the author of the book 'Geek Dad,' Ira Flatow suggested that perhaps it was time to 'rebrand' the word geek in the face of it becoming too popular. Listeners reacted strongly. We'll talk about some of your suggestions and comments on the idea.

Guests

Flora Lichtman
Multimedia Editor
NPR's Science Friday
New York, New York

http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/201006257
While you're there vote in the poll for the word that best deserves to replace geek.

Geek (keep it, we earned it)
Flatow (suggested lovingly) 23.3%
Peabody (Bullwinkle Show reference) 22.2%
Benjie (homage to Benjamin Franklin) 14.3%
Snerd (sexy nerd) 4.3%
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roger
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 10:51 pm
@tsarstepan,
I hate the corruption of the word. The original use was the guy in the circus side show that wasn't freaky enough, so had to do stuff like biting off chicken heads to earn his way. This goes back to the Great Depression.

dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jun, 2010 01:18 am
@roger,
roger wrote:

I hate the corruption of the word. The original use was the guy in the circus side show that wasn't freaky enough, so had to do stuff like biting off chicken heads to earn his way. This goes back to the Great Depression.




Then Peabody would make you happy?

Peabody was cute as well as omniscient.

roger
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jun, 2010 01:24 am
@dlowan,
I don't know Peabody. Why would I like it?
Fido
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jun, 2010 01:27 am
@roger,
roger wrote:

I hate the corruption of the word. The original use was the guy in the circus side show that wasn't freaky enough, so had to do stuff like biting off chicken heads to earn his way. This goes back to the Great Depression.


Ya, from eating gecko's and lots of tube steak....
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Fido
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jun, 2010 01:29 am
@dlowan,
dlowan wrote:

roger wrote:

I hate the corruption of the word. The original use was the guy in the circus side show that wasn't freaky enough, so had to do stuff like biting off chicken heads to earn his way. This goes back to the Great Depression.




Then Peabody would make you happy?

Peabody was cute as well as omniscient.




How about poindexter??? I loved that bullwinkle
dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jun, 2010 01:50 am
@roger,
roger wrote:

I don't know Peabody. Why would I like it?





That's a modern use of him!

Here's classic Mr Peabody:

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dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jun, 2010 02:15 am
@Fido,
Fido wrote:

dlowan wrote:

roger wrote:

I hate the corruption of the word. The original use was the guy in the circus side show that wasn't freaky enough, so had to do stuff like biting off chicken heads to earn his way. This goes back to the Great Depression.




Then Peabody would make you happy?

Peabody was cute as well as omniscient.




How about poindexter??? I loved that bullwinkle


I have forgotten Poindexter!!

Have you a youtube of him?

Or a picture?
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jun, 2010 03:25 pm
http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive/phd0106.gif
http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=25
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jun, 2010 03:41 pm
@Fido,
Fido wrote:
How about poindexter???


Love Poindexter!

one of my dogs has a collar called "poindexter" - it's a lovely argyle
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