What exactly does ‘Geek’ Mean?



‘Oh My God! Tharangni! You’re such a geek!’ That’s what I receive from most of my friends and sometimes I wonder if ‘they’ actually know the meaning of ‘geek’! I think that they use the word assuming that it’s some kind of synonym for nerd. Once my brother wore a shirt, which had three battery pictures with each on a charge of:


100% for Cool.
50% for Geek.
0% for Nerd.
 

And then I was like, -What exactly does geek mean? At least from my brother’s shirt I got to know that it is no-where near related to geek! So I referred my Oxford Dictionary for it and the meaning in it was quite ironic! And was also a shock for me, who was also assuming it for a synonym of ‘nerd’.


According to Oxford English Dictionary-
Geek - /gi:k/n.Austral.sl.A Look [E dial.]
->n. – noun
->Austral. – Australian
->sl. – Slang
->E dial – English Dialect


So now the literal meaning of geek is ‘A Look’. So does that send out the appropriate meaning when my friends say:
Oh My God! Tharangni, you’re such a geek!’ It doesn’t! I mean there is no meaning in the sentence if you say:
‘Tharangni, you’re such a a look!’
Phew! So to all my dear friends who think that the meaning of geek is something like a nerd, well it isn’t. And please do know the literal meaning before you use a world whose meaning you don’t know! And oh, there isn’t even a single percent relation between geek and nerd!

Posted by Tharangni

11 comments :

  1. Okay! Wow!! Thats what Geek Means?! *:0 shocked!*

    But according to Wikipedia you have gotta see the meaning! This is what Wikipedia says! : "The word geek is a slang term, noting individuals as a peculiar or otherwise odd person, especially one who is perceived to be overly obsessed with one or more things including those of intellectuality, electronics, etc."

    Formerly, the term referred to a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken, bat, snake or bugs.

    And yea they have even further funny stuff on geeks! *Bleh!*

    Kewl post!! I call many o My friends geeks! ahaha! :P LOL!

    Cya!
    Cheers!
    *Shona!*

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  2. 1.
    a computer expert or enthusiast (a term of pride as self-reference, but often considered offensive when used by outsiders.)
    2.
    a peculiar or otherwise dislikable person, esp. one who is perceived to be overly intellectual.
    3.
    a carnival performer who performs sensationally morbid or disgusting acts, as biting off the head of a live chicken.

    Maybe not exactly 'a look' .. Hmm, does that even make sense? :P
    PS- Your layout's looking Awesome <3

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  3. well..geek in japanese is otaku(though we use otaku now differently and correlate it to addiction with anime stuffs) as far as i know..its a highly intelligent individual with deeper thoughts in mind compare to the typical ones :D

    well..its okay to be called like that..i know the feeling..same here buddy..^_^

    being a geek doesn't mean you're a nerd..nerds are book-school-teacher people..and im not like that..being geek is just something like having a cool unique side of yourself others don't understand of others find weird..

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  4. Really?

    As far as I know, geek refers to someone who's ..odd (i.e. eccentric, different). You're not mistaken when you say it's different from nerds, though. A nerd is someone who's particularly intelligent in a certain field.

    What gets people confused between the two, I think, is that knowing someone who is overly intelligent at something is, in itself, different .

    Or so I think ;)

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  5. 1.
    a computer expert or enthusiast (a term of pride as self-reference, but often considered offensive when used by outsiders.)
    2.
    a peculiar or otherwise dislikable person, esp. one who is perceived to be overly intellectual.
    3.
    a carnival performer who performs sensationally morbid or disgusting acts, as biting off the head of a live chicken.

    which one do you fit into?

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  6. Here is something that I found. Sorry to dissapoint you. While I agree that geek and nerd are not the same thing... but... well... see for yourself ->

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/geek

    Trusted link ->
    http://www.google.com/dictionary?aq=f&langpair=en|en&q=geek&hl=en

    Nearly all have the same kind of meaning... -__-

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  7. And I forgot this link.

    The Ultimate and most trustworthy source... it even has your Australian Definition ->

    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Geek

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  8. @koo: well by look it means a style i think.. i browsed for some pics of geek and i saw various ppl with diff. styles... so i think here they're trying to relate it to look as in which they appear.
    @ayu: i know!! and my frnz never knew that b4.. so i just wan' em to know now what it means.. :)
    @Leona: O_o.. ok.. i'll look into it.. :)
    @Nalini hebbar: Well to be frank i quiet don't know myself.. :D
    @Selenium: okk... O_o i just saw it in my oxford dictionary... and it wasn't the same!! X( but the australian dialect does agree for look!!

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  9. He he he...
    I'm laughing hard here looking at how every reader of your blog had the same things to say :D

    I guess this makes this post interesting in itself :D

    Keep up the good work... I personally enjoyed the public reaction more this time :D

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  10. Just to clarify: the Oxford dictionary, as respected as it is, isn't the best place to find American slang. The word geek, as you're used to hearing it, is American in origin. In this case, unfortunately, there is, apparently, also an Australian slang word that looks the same. I don't know if there is any connection between the Australian word and the American, but probably not.

    wisewit

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