The word ‘geek’ has been named the word of the year by the Collins Online Dictionary. The main definition of geek was changed as well from “someone preoccupied with computing” to “a person who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about a specific subject”, adding geekery, geek chic and geekdom to the fold. We’re not sure if we approve of the new definition. Being a Geek was a label we accepted with pride, and honor. Whether the world approved of it or not, this is who we are. Now just about everyone can call themselves a geek.
One advantage that comes with this bump on social acknowledgement is that we are no longer seen as ‘weird’ or ‘strange’. A Geek is now a very acceptable part of society. But, lets lay down a few rules on what we think it means to be a geek. Have a look at the following posts and judge your own geekness:
The new definition may allow for a broader spectrum of people out there to call themselves a Geek (like they have been for the last few years), but we know if you are a poser, or a true geek.
Another word that has been re-evaluated this year is marriage – after changes to marriage laws meant that same-sex marriages will be carried out in England and Wales from 29 March. Previously defined as a relationship between man and wife, the online dictionary will now state that marriage is “the state or relationship of living together in a legal partnership” or “the legal union or contract made by two people to live together”.