In the mid-2000s, T-shirts everywhere suddenly declared “Geek is the new Cool,” and “Geek Chic” was born. Now you probably know that “chic” is “fabulously stylish,” but have you ever wondered if there’s more to “geek” than rude lunchroom comments? Turns out–yes, there is!
The English word “geek” comes from “geck,” medieval German for “fool.” Doesn’t sound so chic yet, but dig a little deeper and you’ll discover that “geck” began as an even older verb meaning “to fool or cleverly outsmart.” In other words, a geek is someone who is able to out-think and outwit. Different…but nobody’s fool.
That’s kind of awesome. “Geek” really is the new–or in this case, really old–cool after all.
**Jennifer Cook O’Toole is an award-winning author, Aspie, mom and creator of Asperkids. Through internationally-celebrated books, private consultations, public presentations, and carefully-selected resources, her mission is to unlock the precious, precocious potential of Asperkids everywhere.