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Is "geek" just a four-letter word?

Many IT pros proudly call themselves geeks, but what does that term really mean? Chime in with your definitions and personal examples of geekhood, and you could win a free book or CD from TechRepublic.


Merriam Webster's Online Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition defines a geek as either:
  1. A carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake
  2. A person often of an intellectual bent who is disapproved of

Now, far be it from me to dispute the good folks carrying on the legacy of Noah Webster (the original American spelling geek), but your old buddy the Trivia Geek prefers his chicken southern fried and suitably headless well before he takes a taste, and since you folks—the fans—have adamantly called me back from the brink of cancellation, I certainly don't feel the least bit disapproved of.

So what, then, defines a geek?

That's what we want you to tell us, and we're willing to make it worth your while!

TechRepublic celebrates "The Geek"
TechRepublic is staging not one, but two contests to celebrate the triumphant return of Geek Trivia, and to win, all you have to do is define the nebulous qualities of geekhood, if only by your own example.

The first contest focuses on the best definition of a "geek." Just share your geek description in this discussion by Dec. 5th. We'll pick the top five definitions and then you, the members, will vote to pick the best geek description during the following week.

The second contest—What makes you a geek?—will be held in this discussion during the week of Dec. 1st to Dec. 5th. Share your insight on what personality quirks or professional characteristics make you a real geek (and yes, that's a compliment). We'll choose the top five Geek Exemplars from this group, and your IT Peers will vote on who is the Geekiest of the Geeks.

The five finalists in each contest will get a TechRepublic coffee mug, with the top winners in both categories receiving his or her choice of a TechRepublic Book or CD.

It's our way of saying not just "welcome back, Geek Trivia," but also "welcome home, IT geeks" to TechRepublic—the place where technophiles and trivia fanatics belong!

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