Is there a better term than "Geek"?
Okay, I've heard Rym and Scott talk about how "geek" is somewhat less derogatory than "nerd", but one glance at the American Heritage dictionary:
NOUN: Slang 1a. A person regarded as foolish, inept, or clumsy. b. A person who is single-minded or accomplished in scientific or technical pursuits but is felt to be socially inept. 2. A carnival performer whose show consists of bizarre acts, such as biting the head off a live chicken.
ETYMOLOGY: Perhaps alteration of dialectal geck, fool, from Low German gek, from Middle Low German.
and I don't think the rest of the normal world think geek is a dignified term. Can't we invent or use some other term - you know, like the way audio geeks call themselves audiophiles. How about techno-visual-philes? Any suggestions or thoughts?