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Old 10-01-04, 01:16 PM
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When did Geek become a good thing to be called?

I've noticed Best Buy has this new thing of their employees being a part of the "Geek Squad". Now when did being a geek stop being a negative term? Maybe I'm getting old but being called a geek was an insult. Will walking up to a girl in a bar and proclaiming yourself a geek going to increase your chances of having a relationship with her? I wouldn't think so.
Do Best Buy employees actually enjoy being called 'geeks' officially? I know if I worked for BB, I'd quit before being a part of the Geek Squad. Best Buy might as well call it the Nerd Patrol. As far as I'm concerend Geek Squad means the same thing.
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I think it became acceptable during the internet boom.
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Yeah the definition of geek has changed over the past few years. It used to refer to guys with pocket protectors and calculators on their belt who were socially inept. Now it has more of neutral meaning referring to the average person who is technology oriented.
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Personally,

I've come to reguard "nerd" as not negative anymore. I just generally use "nerd" as someone who is very into something (and not really in a negative way). It's possible to be a "sports nerd"

Geek (IMO) still has that negative connotation and no amount of conditioning on the part of Best Buy is going to erase that.
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It's now socially acceptable to bite the heads off live chickens?

Things sure have changed since I was in the circus.
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The concept of "nerd" and "geek" are two totally different things, though they are not mutually exclusive.

Both groups have taken the word back, much in the same way that the homosexual community 'took back' the slur "queer."

Be a geek or a nerd, and be proud of it!
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It used to refer to guys with pocket protectors and calculators on their belt who were socially inept.
Walter Neff is right. The original meaning was a sideshow performer who bit the heads off of chickens.
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nerd-someone who knows alot about something like being smart at school

geek-someone who doesnt go outside sits on the inter plays video games like anime.
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Because jocks only think about sports....

When nerds only think about sex.....

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Isnt that what "Revenge of the Nerds" taught us?
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My fiance and I consider ourselves geeks, although maybe it's more in a dork sense. We both love music, film, literature, art museums. We have serious discussions on diverse topics all the time. We call each other geek all the time.

In fact, she recently bought us matching Geek hoodie sweatshirts.
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In fact, she recently bought us matching Geek hoodie sweatshirts.
Couples wearing matching clothing are indeed geeks.
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Originally posted by RevLiver
My fiance and I consider ourselves geeks, although maybe it's more in a dork sense. We both love music, film, literature, art museums. We have serious discussions on diverse topics all the time.
This is "nerd" territory......

In fact, she recently bought us matching Geek hoodie sweatshirts.
.....untill this point.
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Heck I still don't think being called a geek is a good thing. When I saw this at Best Buy I could not help stop laughing. I would not to work there and be know as the Geek Squad. Not to mention they have to work those stupid shirts with tie.
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Heh, the sweatshirts are hilarious. The GEEK logo looks like a GAP logo.

They're from thinkgeek.com
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The "matching sweatshirts" part is what kills it.

Just the image of two people wearing matching sweatshirts EVERYWHERE they go...just doesnt seem right.

Granted, you guys probably don't wear them at the same time and every day but...



The "GAP" logo parody doesnt help much either...
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Originally posted by RevLiver
We call each other geek all the time.
Sorry - A man with a girlfriend is automaticly ejected from the level of geek and nerd. Nope, you lose.
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Depends on what the girlfriend looks like.

And whether or not she plays Dungeons and Dragons.

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