[ASC-list] insult or compliment

Lamberts Rod rod.lamberts at anu.edu.au
Mon Aug 29 01:25:32 UTC 2011

I'm always happy to be referred to as either of those things. :-)

I'd say it's the word-user, rather than the word itself, that suggests offence or compliment...

On 29/08/2011, at 11:02 AM, Abigail Thomas wrote:

> It has recently been suggested that the terms ‘geek’ and ‘nerd’ (to describe someone interested in or working in science) are offensive.
> I tend to lean rather towards them being terms of affection.
> What do you think?
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