LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||17/JUL/2013 9:12 PM|
|Assunto:||"slightly a bit geeky"|
Fran, I think the word evolved in two directions, the one of being a high expert in some field, say, being an engineer/computer expert/egghead (even genius)/bookworm etc
and the one of being eccentric/odd/weirdo etc. The latter, generally in a slightly pejorative or not so (much) desirable. Or still, both combined.
A bit of history:
geek "sideshow freak," 1916, U.S. carnival and circus slang, perhaps a variant of geck "a fool, dupe, simpleton" (1515), apparently from Low Ger. geck, from an imitative verb found in North Sea Gmc. and Scand. meaning "to croak, cackle," and also "to mock, cheat." The modern form and the popular use with ref. to circus sideshow "wild men" is from 1946, in William Lindsay Gresham's novel "Nightmare Alley" (made into a film in 1947 starring Tyrone Power).
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