[Ads-l] geek HDAS def 3

Herb Stahlke hfwstahlke at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 24 16:21:49 UTC 2016


Odd that there's never been any size component in the meanings, thinking of
the Watergate-era line, "A CREEP is a baby crope."

Herb

On Sat, Jan 23, 2016 at 5:46 PM, Neal Whitman <nwhitman at ameritech.net>
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> "Geek" is a racial epithet?
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> > On Jan 23, 2016, at 10:11 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
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> > HDAS I affords two exx. of this synonym for "gook," the earliest from
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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."
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> > are no 'geeks' here. Just Filipinos. They want to be treated as equals
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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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