|Re: O.T. for American and English people|
Message #14 Posted by bill platt on 24 Oct 2006, 1:19 p.m.,
in response to message #13 by Antonio Maschio (Italy)
(This is fun!)
There is no "jeek", But there is Geek (as in golf). It is a circus performer who bites the head off of a chicken at the end of the performance.
But today we mean someone who is fashion-unaware, and/or extremely smart and into something abstruse (like violins, chess, maths) instead of being into gameboy, Lindsay Lohan, and etc.
But its definition is sort of fluid. It is deragotory or endearing depending on the circumstances.
Often confused with Nerd. Sometimes used interchageeably. See also Dweeb. But dweeb is always deragatory, and nerd perhaps more often used deragatorily than geek.
Trouble is that these words get reshaped by each succeeding generation. The only one that got frozen is "cool" which I think was only because of the show "Happy Days" which cemented a 50's term into the 70's youth.
"Jerk" (j as in jumping jack, john, jim, jambalaya, jesus (not hayzoos like the spanish say) is someone who is not nice. In other words if you are in a fight with your girlfriend because you told her you were going to a seminar on windose developer and instead you went to a baseball game with your friends, when you come home she says, "you are such a JERK!"