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The term "geek" has many shades of meaning now. Originally it referred to a person with a deformity who earned a living by being a side-show exhibit. The word has gone through many transmutations since then, and at the present time in America it properly means a person who has a profound obsession with some endeavor, be it technical, artistic, or otherwise, to the point where it begins to be regarded as slightly abnormal. In a secondary sense it can refer to a person who is socially inept and unaware. Among computer addicts, the term is regarded almost as a title, and the more technically proficient, the more admirably geeky. There are also grammatical derivatives of the term, such as "geekoid", "geekhood", and "geekitude".

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