Geeks unite! That means all of us…

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The word ‘geek’ became the stereotype for the science students, the socially awkward and those not following fashion. It used to be that such people who didn’t conform to the mainstream were ‘nerds’ – that is now the name of a sweet.

Both words began as derogatory terms but lately are celebrated.

My sister-in-law declares herself a Geek on a regular basis with a cheerful grin as she shows me another weird post she’s found on-line. It could be on anything from a sex-poem about over 60s to a Terry Pratchett or Doctor Who link.

I say – let’s all embrace our inner geek!

For info, here’s some definitions:

Geek (n)

  1. an unfashionable person
  2. a socially inept person
  3. an obsessive enthusiast
  4. a person with an eccentric devotion to an interest
  5. a carnival performer who does a wild act (American)

ORIGIN: late 19th century, from English ‘geck’, related to Dutch ‘gek’

More recently, the Girl Geeks are getting a look-in. As more comic books are featuring female heroes – finally, the proverbial penny is dropping (from another universe perhaps but it’s on it’s way!). Girls and women like sci-fi too. It’s not such a shocker is it? Mary Shelley wrote the epic Frankenstein almost 200 years ago so why has it taken so long?????

Search for geek and you get many hits, mostly positive.

Yet, the Geeks are also the new hipsters, the Bohemians – the ones who dare to bend rules rather than break them. They aren’t rebels who reject order but test it and look for alternative ways to appreciate the world around us.

We don’t all have to like the same things. And a Football Player can also be a romantic poet or a baker or a mechanic. She (or he) can still be a geek.

I am a GEEK and proud. We are no longer the ones huddling together trying to hide from bullies who ‘don’t get us’ because we are smart; or worse – different from them.

Yep! I don’t mind being called geek – bring it on…

Lizzie HW

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