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Re: [xml-dev] Call yourself a geek?

On 030 Nov 20192/04/2019 17:23, Stephen D Green wrote:
Surprising you don’t tend to hear politicians called geeks.
Very rare.

  "I have always found Roosevelt an amusing fellow,
   but I would not employ him,
   except for reasons of personal friendship,
   as a geek in a common carnival."

   (Murray Kempton)

"Tory" was originally a term of abuse (Irish = "brigand").


On Tuesday, 2 April 2019, Uche Ogbuji <uche@ogbuji.net> wrote:

Well yes "geek" and "nerd" were originally uncomplimentary terms.
Anyone who was actually called those words in their school
playgrounds knows that. The former was a comparison to circus geeks,
a common term for performers whose acts included seemingly gross or
foolish stunts such as hammering nails into their nostrils or eating
dangerous items.

It's very, very common for once uncomplimentary terms to transform
into neutral or positive descriptors. You could fill a book with
examples, and many have done.


On Tue, Apr 2, 2019 at 3:30 AM Dave Pawson <dave.pawson@gmail.com> wrote:


Late 19th century: from the related English dialect word geck
‘fool’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gek ‘mad, silly’.

Live and learn.

-- Dave Pawson
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