The term “Geek” has been around since the 14th century. At that time in history, it was ascribed to those considered to be a fool. In the 18th century, the word “Gecken” came to be used as an identifier of a circus performer– one who’s act included biting the head off of a live chicken. It wasn’t until the 1950’s that things became a bit more genteel and to be called a “Geek” was akin to being associated with the technology obsessed. Today, the connotation of obsession remains, but the narrow focus of technology has been lifted. “Geek-dom” applies to the gourmet-food obsessed, the Star-Wars obsessed, the Star-Trek obsessed and so on.
After the poll is an infographic describing the evolution of the geek and state of geek-dom today. With that, I ask, Are you a geek?
Bonus Infographic: Geek vs. Nerd
- 50 Things a Geek Should Know (Apparently) (lifehack.org)
- Tribute to Computer Geeks (workingtechmom.wordpress.com)
- The Geek Agenda (diyethicsmag.wordpress.com)