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Did you run into a geek named Gorkrink, while you were on Nif?

"Yes, geek ingratitude's an old story to all of us," Blount agreed.

As far as that goes, you know what the geek name for a Terran is?

It was a geek accent, and it made you sound like a smart-ass instead of a sharp operator.

When a geek prince hired out as a laborer for a year on Niflheim, he did so for only one purpose—to learn Terran technologies.

Any question of geek psychology is wide open as far as I'm concerned; the longer I stay here, the less I understand it.

"I heard what happened, how they found him, and about that geek chamber-valet being arrested," von Schlichten said.

In either case, it'll be a long step toward getting rid of all these geek despots.

Tell him there's a geek mob, or possibly Firkked's regulars, on the main highway from Skilk, two miles east of the Reservation.

WORD ORIGIN

"sideshow freak," 1916, U.S. carnival and circus slang, perhaps a variant of geck "a fool, dupe, simpleton" (1510s), apparently from Low German geck, from an imitative verb found in North Sea Germanic and Scandinavian meaning "to croak, cackle," and also "to mock, cheat." The modern form and the popular use with reference to circus sideshow "wild men" is from 1946, in William Lindsay Gresham's novel "Nightmare Alley" (made into a film in 1947 starring Tyrone Power).

By c.1983, used in teenager slang in reference to peers who lacked social graces but were obsessed with new technology and computers (e.g. the Anthony Michael Hall character in 1984's "Sixteen Candles").

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