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On Tue, 28 Dec 2004 17:06:39 -0500, Michael Champion
> On Tue, 28 Dec 2004 16:58:02 -0500, tedd <email@example.com> wrote:
> > ps: I wonder if anyone on this list knows where the term "geek" came from?
> http://www.bartleby.com/61/0/G0070000.html says
> 'The circus sideshow is the source of the word geek, "a performer who
> engaged in bizarre acts, such as biting the head off a live chicken."
Sigh, another source
http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=19970418 says "It is
probably a variant of the earlier, now-obsolete word geck 'a fool', of
Dutch or Low German origin.". I like the other one better :-)