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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:

> Benct Philip Jonsson scripsit: > >> What's the origin of _geek_, BTW? > > The AHD, , 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'.
Could it, in fact, have been a portmanteau word, i.e. /gEK/ geck + /frik/ freak --> /gik/ geek? Ray =============================================== (home) (work) =============================================== "A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language." J.G. Hamann, 1760


Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>