[Ads-l] geek HDAS def 3

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Sun Jan 24 01:46:44 UTC 2016


"Geek" is a racial epithet?


> On Jan 23, 2016, at 10:11 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> HDAS I affords two exx. of this synonym for "gook," the earliest from 1963
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> Here's another from 1963, referring to World War II:
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> 1963 Bernard Gordon _Cry of Battle_ (film):  "Just a pack of geeks." "There
> are no 'geeks' here. Just Filipinos. They want to be treated as equals
> because that's what they are."
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> The film is based on a novel, _A Time of Fortune_, by Benjamin Appel
> (Morrow, 1963). No GB snippets confirm that  "geek" is therein, but one
> would expect so.
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> Note that both "geek" and "gook" were established slang terms for odd or
> crazy people before they became racial epithets.
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> JL
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