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(io9)   The blessed origins of "geek", "dork", and other terms of nerdy endearment   (io9.com) divider line 36
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2013-12-13 11:15:47 AM
For reference purposes throughout this thread.
img.fark.net
 
2013-12-13 11:56:14 AM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-12-13 12:21:56 PM
Dickweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed
 
2013-12-13 12:22:06 PM
 
2013-12-13 12:30:59 PM
I will continue to be me.

/gives self wedgie
 
ecl
2013-12-13 12:34:37 PM
don3k.nocorvair.com

And an unrelated...


25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-12-13 12:40:08 PM
 
2013-12-13 01:19:15 PM
"the human race never, ever has enough nicknames for our sex organs and their surrounding areas."

truth.
 
2013-12-13 01:29:23 PM
A Dork is someone who likes to watch their farks bubble up in the bathtub - "dork"

Nice to know from Mr. Babbit's chart that I'm well balanced. Nerd was my high school name.
 
2013-12-13 01:30:19 PM
farts! D'oh!!!
 
2013-12-13 01:42:27 PM

mark12A: Nice to know from Mr. Babbit's chart that I'm well balanced. Nerd was my high school name.


I was more of a wonk myself.

I'm old enough to remember when "nerd" didn't refer to someone who was smart.  In fact, a nerd was more likely to be not only someone who was severely socially challenged but also only one step removed from having to ride the short bus to school and sit at the "special" table in the cafeteria.  The whole "nerd = socially awkward + extremely intelligence" thing came later.
 
2013-12-13 02:18:14 PM
Geek is actually an old English word meaning freak, imported via the German word "geck," which could also mean fool. Circuses in 18th century Austro-Hungary used to advertise their "geeks" as their weirdest human attractions, and the word was often used to refer specifically to those whose act consisted specifically of biting the heads off of live animals. The word had its resurgence when it was used in the popular 1941 book Nightmare Alley and its equally popular movie adaptation, to refer to such. Calling someone a person who bites the head off of live chicken's is a pretty potent way to tell someone they're weird.

A true geek would specifically check his sentence's for specifically this type of error's.
 
2013-12-13 02:24:16 PM

George Babbitt: For reference purposes throughout this thread.
[img.fark.net image 434x407]


Except that this chart is stupid.  They're all just reclaimed labels.
 
2013-12-13 02:36:21 PM

ikanreed: George Babbitt: For reference purposes throughout this thread.
[img.fark.net image 434x407]

Except that this chart is stupid.  They're all just reclaimed labels.


The original ven belongs to somebody else, but I modified it just for you:
img.fark.net
/snark
 
2013-12-13 02:42:36 PM

George Babbitt: ikanreed: George Babbitt: For reference purposes throughout this thread.
[img.fark.net image 434x407]

Except that this chart is stupid.  They're all just reclaimed labels.

The original ven belongs to somebody else, but I modified it just for you:
[img.fark.net image 544x510]
/snark


Ok, so what is the intersection of old, obsession and social ineptitude?
 
2013-12-13 02:54:14 PM

SMB2811: George Babbitt: ikanreed: George Babbitt: For reference purposes throughout this thread.
[img.fark.net image 434x407]

Except that this chart is stupid.  They're all just reclaimed labels.

The original ven belongs to somebody else, but I modified it just for you:
[img.fark.net image 544x510]
/snark

Ok, so what is the intersection of old, obsession and social ineptitude?


Old Dork, duh!
 
2013-12-13 02:55:17 PM

SMB2811: George Babbitt: ikanreed: George Babbitt: For reference purposes throughout this thread.
[img.fark.net image 434x407]

Except that this chart is stupid.  They're all just reclaimed labels.

The original ven belongs to somebody else, but I modified it just for you:
[img.fark.net image 544x510]
/snark

Ok, so what is the intersection of old, obsession and social ineptitude?


Fark Independent™
 
2013-12-13 02:58:54 PM
FTFA: Geek is actually an old English word meaning freak, imported via the German word "geck," which could also mean fool. Circuses in 18th century Austro-Hungary used to advertise their "geeks" as their weirdest human attractions, and the word was often used to refer specifically to those whose act consisted specifically of biting the heads off of live animals. The word had its resurgence when it was used in the popular 1941 book Nightmare Alley and its equally popular movie adaptation, to refer to such. Calling someone a person who bites the head off of live chicken's is a pretty potent way to tell someone they're weird.

performingsongwriter.com
 
2013-12-13 03:04:01 PM

SMB2811: George Babbitt: ikanreed: George Babbitt: For reference purposes throughout this thread.
[img.fark.net image 434x407]

Except that this chart is stupid.  They're all just reclaimed labels.

The original ven belongs to somebody else, but I modified it just for you:
[img.fark.net image 544x510]
/snark

Ok, so what is the intersection of old, obsession and social ineptitude?


Teabagger.
 
2013-12-13 03:39:02 PM
media.tumblr.com
 
2013-12-13 04:01:06 PM

SMB2811: George Babbitt: ikanreed: George Babbitt: For reference purposes throughout this thread.
[img.fark.net image 434x407]

Except that this chart is stupid.  They're all just reclaimed labels.

The original ven belongs to somebody else, but I modified it just for you:
[img.fark.net image 544x510]
/snark

Ok, so what is the intersection of old, obsession and social ineptitude?


Cat lady.
 
2013-12-13 05:07:43 PM
You have a better change of getting eaten if you are a nerd.

ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2013-12-13 05:21:24 PM

George Babbitt: For reference purposes throughout this thread.
[img.fark.net image 434x407]


Since geek is a carny that bites the heads off chickens the Venn should have it in the Social ineptitude and obsession areas. You can be a geek and an idiot.
 
2013-12-13 05:22:52 PM

Flab: Geek is actually an old English word meaning freak, imported via the German word "geck," which could also mean fool. Circuses in 18th century Austro-Hungary used to advertise their "geeks" as their weirdest human attractions, and the word was often used to refer specifically to those whose act consisted specifically of biting the heads off of live animals. The word had its resurgence when it was used in the popular 1941 book Nightmare Alley and its equally popular movie adaptation, to refer to such. Calling someone a person who bites the head off of live chicken's is a pretty potent way to tell someone they're weird.

A true geek nerd would specifically check his sentence's for specifically this type of error's.

 
2013-12-13 05:33:47 PM

All2morrowsparTs: George Babbitt: For reference purposes throughout this thread.
[img.fark.net image 434x407]

Since geek is a carny that bites the heads off chickens the Venn should have it in the Social ineptitude and obsession areas. You can be a geek and an idiot.


Welcome to the 21st century where things are not the same as they were in the 19th century.
 
2013-12-13 05:43:24 PM

George Babbitt: Welcome to the 21st century where things are not the same as they were in the 19th century.


Things were much gayer then.
i.imgur.com
 
2013-12-13 06:58:10 PM

George Babbitt: All2morrowsparTs: George Babbitt: For reference purposes throughout this thread.
[img.fark.net image 434x407]

Since geek is a carny that bites the heads off chickens the Venn should have it in the Social ineptitude and obsession areas. You can be a geek and an idiot.

Welcome to the 21st century where things are not the same as they were in the 19th century.


Geek has been a freak well into the late 20th century and all the way into the 80's when I was in high school (yah I'm old). Remeber that there was even a TV show called "Freaks and Geeks" and narry a computer programmer was in sight. Me thinks that a Geek created that Venn diagram.
 
2013-12-13 06:59:42 PM

Vlad_the_Inaner: George Babbitt: Welcome to the 21st century where things are not the same as they were in the 19th century.

Things were much gayer then.
[i.imgur.com image 460x778]


That is the mid-20th century.
 
2013-12-13 07:10:38 PM

img.geocaching.com


Y'all slippin...

 
2013-12-13 07:37:13 PM
quixotando.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-12-13 08:04:21 PM

SMB2811: George Babbitt: ikanreed: George Babbitt: For reference purposes throughout this thread.
[img.fark.net image 434x407]

Except that this chart is stupid.  They're all just reclaimed labels.

The original ven belongs to somebody else, but I modified it just for you:
[img.fark.net image 544x510]
/snark

Ok, so what is the intersection of old, obsession and social ineptitude?


Cloud yelling.
 
2013-12-13 08:09:26 PM
As a man who does bite the head off of chickens, I'm offended that you'd lump me in with computer people.
 
2013-12-13 08:38:49 PM

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: As a man who does bite the head off of chickens, I'm offended that you'd lump me in with computer people.


Did you bite the head off a trippy chicken and wander in here unawares?
 
2013-12-13 10:51:07 PM

NDP2: mark12A: Nice to know from Mr. Babbit's chart that I'm well balanced. Nerd was my high school name.

I was more of a wonk myself.

I'm old enough to remember when "nerd" didn't refer to someone who was smart.  In fact, a nerd was more likely to be not only someone who was severely socially challenged but also only one step removed from having to ride the short bus to school and sit at the "special" table in the cafeteria.  The whole "nerd = socially awkward + extremely intelligence" thing came later.


Yep. Nerds are obsessive, socially awkward and unintelligent. They have no redeeming qualities, and are at the bottom rung.
 
2013-12-14 01:07:22 AM
Yep, been called them all.
And proud of it.
Still am.


And yet, I've been laid more times than any person calling me those names.


/so now you can call me a douchebag
 
2013-12-14 03:49:52 AM
in 20 years you won't be able to say these words in public.

unless you take it back of course.
 
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