Where Did the Term “Geek” Come From and What Did the Word Mean Originally?

Since the fifteenth century, geek or geck has described a low-life fool, or a carnival performer often billed as a wild man.

For example, a geek is, in carnival slang, someone who bites off the heads of chickens or snakes.

At the beginning of the computer age, the word geek took on the meaning of a socially awkward intellectual.

where did the term geek come from and what did the word mean originally

But through accepting and celebrating their geek status, skilled computer operators have managed to change the meaning of the word, so that a geek is someone to be admired.

Geeks are also known as nerd, gimp, dweeb, dork, and spod.

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