Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Geek is What?!?

Before I give you the 'official' definition of 'geek', let me give you an old-timey Valentine (which I'm adding to my posts before Valentine's Day) this year.
Maybe they're both geeks?

Last night I did a serious search (via Dictionary.com) of the word 'GEEK'.
I did the search after a discussion with a lady in her late 80's, about the word 'geek'.
She (actually my own mother) said that when she heard the word 'geek' she thought of a person in a carnival who would bite off the heads of live chickens.
WHAT?!
COULD IT BE TRUE?
COULD THAT BE A DEFINITION OF 'GEEK'?

YES!!!!!

Here is the definition of 'geek' from Dictionary.com...
1. a digital-technology expert or enthusiast (a term of pride as self-reference, but often used disparagingly by others).
2. a person who has excessive enthusiasm for and some expertise about a specialized subject or activity:
a foreign-film geek.
3. a peculiar person, especially one who is perceived to be overly intellectual, unfashionable, or socially awkward.
4. a carnival performer who performs sensationally morbid or disgusting acts, as biting off the head of a live chicken.

DID YOU NOTICE THE 4th DEFINITION?!
WHOA!!!

Let this be a lesson: never discount the definition of something that someone of an older generation gives you of anything.

Having said that, my husband has himself called himself something of a geek.
To my knowledge, though, he has NEVER bitten off the head of a live chicken (though he does like to eat grilled, or baked, or fried chicken, on occasion).

In closing,
Here's a quote about marriage I really like...
“If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.”
 Michel de Montaigne

My best friend is Sam.
He's not perfect (thank goodness).
But he's my best friend.

I will soon post my post called "I didn't want a jock, I wanted a geek."
Stay tuned.
(My definition of 'jock' is 'athlete-type'. I did a small search on that - and found 'athlete' is the main definition.)