CHAT geek (was: /nj/ vs. /J/ etc)
|From:||Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, August 17, 2004, 17:17|
On Monday, August 16, 2004, at 09:06 , John Cowan wrote:
Could it, in fact, have been a portmanteau word, i.e. /gEK/ geck + /frik/
freak --> /gik/ geek?
"A mind which thinks at its own expense will always
interfere with language." J.G. Hamann, 1760
> Benct Philip Jonsson scripsit:
>> What's the origin of _geek_, BTW?
> The AHD, http://www.bartleby.com/61/0/G0070000.html
, guesses that it's
> an arbitrary alteration of Platt _geck_, fool (presumably cognate
> with Scots _gowk_ 'cuckoo, fool'). But nobody knows. When first
> recorded it meant 'circus freak'.