Everyone will be familiar with the modern term Geek, meaning an expert in a technical field, and possibly a person with limited social skills.

However, did you know it was an archaic term used in carnivals to mean a performer of grotesque acts? How that transferred to the modern usage is uncertain.

Going even further back, Geek came from the English Geck meaning a fool, and in turn from the Germanic Geck meaning to croak or cackle.

Still want to self-identify as a geek?


I don't think "limited social skills" is you.

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@fitheach But that's a 'Nerd' 😊
Geeks like stuff like roleplaying, fan conventions etc. So being with others is fine, but only when it comes to one of their (many) special interests.
Nerds are the ones to prefer 'proper social distancing'.
Let her explain it for me: m.youtube.com/watch?v=wcjy4WHi

The whole existence of geeks/nerds was to prepare for this moment in time when social isolation became the thing.

@fitheach And trust me, being an HSP helps too. I can stay home for days on end without missing (out on) anything/anyone. I am a geeky HSP *now imagine loud, booming voice*

@fitheach @Bella to chime in on the "social isolation" thing. I was thinking these days about it, quite a few chances. I go to my yard - many people around our house, everybody talking, being loud, prepping gardens for summer. Go to parks/nearby forests. Full of people. That's not isolation, not distancing. I worked with a swedish guy a few years ago. His house was ~100km from Stockholm, on a hill, no (decent) internet, nearest neighbour on the next hill over. THAT is isolation.What we have is inconvenient.

@Bella @fitheach Going by that explanation I should be a nerd. I always thought of myself as a geek though.

Ahh, interesting. Is being a geek more desirable than being a nerd? Is nerd more negative than geek?

I've not explored this before. 😃


@fitheach @Bella To me personally it is, but I am not a native speaker so my connotations may be different. If someone calls me a geek, I'm totally fine with that. If they call me a nerd, not quite. For example, I may be a computing scientist, but I am not a computer nerd.

Regardless, you have picked up a more negative connotation for nerd. That is something you have likely taken from native speakers.


@fitheach @Bella Well, I've lived in Scotland 20 years. I'd hope to have gotten a little bit more "native" 🙂

@fitheach I don't think it's more negative, just different. @wim_v12e

@Bella If people want to label me, I prefer if they use a label I can agree with. It does not me the other labels are negative per se.


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