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Before the words "nerd" "geek" etc, what did they call this kind of person? Back in the 1920s or 30s?

 
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Before the words "nerd" "geek" etc, what did they call this kind of person? Back in the 1920s or 30s?
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Re: Before the words "nerd" "geek" etc, what did they call this kind of person? Back in the 1920s or 30s?
I think oddball, jughead, strange,nutty were all used
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Re: Before the words "nerd" "geek" etc, what did they call this kind of person? Back in the 1920s or 30s?
numbnuts
dipshit
cocksucker

chucklehead...I saw that one in a Mark Twain book.
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Re: Before the words "nerd" "geek" etc, what did they call this kind of person? Back in the 1920s or 30s?
Einstein, Tesla, Newton perhaps
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Re: Before the words "nerd" "geek" etc, what did they call this kind of person? Back in the 1920s or 30s?
What we consider "nerds" today are people who are very tech-savvy. If we think about what the tech was back then, I'm not sure if they had a word for it. Maybe, researcher? Scientist? lol I'm really not sure. The first reply makes sense xD
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Re: Before the words "nerd" "geek" etc, what did they call this kind of person? Back in the 1920s or 30s?
What we consider "nerds" today are people who are very tech-savvy. If we think about what the tech was back then, I'm not sure if they had a word for it. Maybe, researcher? Scientist? lol I'm really not sure. The first reply makes sense xD
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I mean the second reply. My bad!
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Re: Before the words "nerd" "geek" etc, what did they call this kind of person? Back in the 1920s or 30s?
A/V audio visual they set up the projectors and such.
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Re: Before the words "nerd" "geek" etc, what did they call this kind of person? Back in the 1920s or 30s?
The word they used was "spaz"
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The word they used was "spaz"
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Successful.
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smart, bright, wiz, scientist
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square
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Re: Before the words "nerd" "geek" etc, what did they call this kind of person? Back in the 1920s or 30s?
Square or egghead.
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Enlightened

Educated

Interesting fellow (or chap if English)
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Dick

Ralph

Chuck

Randy

Harold

Herbert
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They never called them anything,

They just beat them UP.rockon
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poindexter
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bump
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Nebbish.
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brainbox
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smarta**
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Re: Before the words "nerd" "geek" etc, what did they call this kind of person? Back in the 1920s or 30s?
A guy who bites the heads off chickens.
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Re: Before the words "nerd" "geek" etc, what did they call this kind of person? Back in the 1920s or 30s?
Geek is actually a very old word, but it generally meant someone who was an alcoholic/drug addict.
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Mr. Smartypants
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Re: Before the words "nerd" "geek" etc, what did they call this kind of person? Back in the 1920s or 30s?
Egghead, little professor, or poindexter.

By the way, a century ago, homosexuals were called "Nancy boys".
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Re: Before the words "nerd" "geek" etc, what did they call this kind of person? Back in the 1920s or 30s?
And now they call them all aspergers..
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Re: Before the words "nerd" "geek" etc, what did they call this kind of person? Back in the 1920s or 30s?
A sapp.

Wingnut

Bookworm

A Jugghead
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Re: Before the words "nerd" "geek" etc, what did they call this kind of person? Back in the 1920s or 30s?
Egghead, little professor, or poindexter.

By the way, a century ago, homosexuals were called "Nancy boys".
 Quoting: goodmockingbird


Hmmmm that explains what happened to the children of Mrs. Pelosi and Mrs. Grace.

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