[Ads-l] geek HDAS def 3

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Jan 24 14:41:32 UTC 2016


> On Jan 23, 2016, at 8:46 PM, Neal Whitman <nwhitman at ameritech.net> wrote:
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> "Geek" is a racial epithet?

Apparently it was, as an ablaut (or fronted and de-umlauted) variant of "gook".  

LH


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>> 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."
>> 
>> 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.
>> 
>> 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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