Geek

I’ve always hated seeing the word ‘geek’ used self referentially. This is a word that sits snugly in between dork and nerd- an insult that should be avoided. I remember wondering why anybody would want to willingly shop at Think Geek, essentially an online store that is poking fun at its customers, or work at The Geek Squad for that matter. Have they no self respect?

At some point I came to realize that the word geek is a lot like the word nigger. At least they share a troubled childhood. These are terms meant for a derogatory purpose but snatched away from the oppressors and worn like a badge. They are reclaimed insults that no longer mean quite the same thing.

Still, it’s not a term I would want applied to myself. Maybe it’s a generational thing.

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