Being geeky…

My post likening Brexit to an aircraft crash landing got noted in The Daily Mail, mainly as a peg for an old joke.  Having once been described in the Evening Standard as a Tory grandee, here I am described as ‘geeky’.  I checked the dictionary definition, not least given that nowadays a number of terms are used in popular discourse that I am not quite sure what they mean.  A geek is someone who is regarded as somewhat eccentric.  I am conscious that at times what seems to me quite natural behaviour, not least in terms of working habits, is distinctive.  However, according to the dictionary I consulted, geek is also slang for a carnival performer noted for biting the heads off animals.   I may be slightly eccentric, but I am not that odd.

On the post itself, the pilot has temporarily stalled the engines and passengers appear to be getting increasingly worried and frustrated.

About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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2 Responses to Being geeky…

  1. maude elwes says:

    Fear not, Bill Gates and Zuckerberg are known as geeks. Not doing too bad for themselves are they? Each with enough money to run a good size country, fame equivalent to our Queen, and, the kind of respect very few on earth enjoy.

    Makes a geek handle serious fun..

    The threat of a peoples insurrection at the thought of twisted, inarticulate, infantile Swinson and crew being possible Leaders, is enough to to panic any people. It certainly does me.

    Add to that, reliance on the Blair reshuffle of the Law Lords, as well as unelected, Supreme Court, being arbiter over a peoples vote, the mind boggles. In God We Trust.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2003/jun/13/publicservices.constitution

  2. FraidOfTheLight says:

    Can I refer you to Wikipedia’s definition ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geek ), which I’d guess is probably what the Mail meant:

    ‘in current use, the word typically connotes an expert or enthusiast or a person obsessed with a hobby or intellectual pursuit, with a general pejorative meaning of a “peculiar person, especially one who is perceived to be overly intellectual, unfashionable, boring, or socially awkward”.’

    It goes on to say:

    ‘Some use the term self-referentially without malice or as a source of pride, often referring simply to “someone who is interested in a subject (usually intellectual or complex) for its own sake”.’

    Hope that improves things. 🙂

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