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geekfest

Finding geeky words at Nine Worlds

Catherine Sangster is head of pronunciation for Oxford Dictionaries. This week she went to Nine Worlds Geekfest 2014 to talk about conlangs, host a dictionary corner, and generally get her geek on. Nine Worlds is a London-based event which embraces a broad spectrum of geekery and makes a particular effort to bring groups which are […]

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Geek history

How ‘geek’ has changed over time

The development of the word geek tells us a lot about how geeks have been perceived culturally. It was first used in the late nineteenth century, as a generalized term for a person, particularly one who is foolish or offensive. It is related to the earlier noun geck, which derives from a Germanic word meaning […]

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nerd

Embrace your geekness

The Oxford Dictionaries blog has looked at the word geek before. Of course it has: we openly admit to being word geeks here at Oxford Dictionaries, after all. To recap: geek has seen a transformation in meaning over the last couple of decades. Formerly a cruel label attached to clever but socially awkward people, geeks […]

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geek glasses

How has the meaning of ‘geek’ changed over time?

Geek has seen an interesting transformation in meaning over the last couple of decades. The word used to be a cruel and critical label attached to clever, but socially awkward, people – such as computer or science geeks. The origin of this sense of the word can be traced back to the late nineteenth century, […]

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Nom nom! 2010 was a deliciously rich year for our language

Popular culture . . . In 2010, much of our uneasy fascination turned from zombie banks to plain old zombies. Well, maybe not “plain old.” It’s been a phenomenal year for zombies, who have commanded huge markets in the entertainment industry and a seemingly insatiable fan base. As zombies roamed the planet, another breed of […]

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