Sunday, 16 December 2007

Word of the day

Today's word is nerd chic, and many thanks to a wide range of commentators on the MetaFilter Community Weblog. In fact, this is a continuation of the post on w00t the other day. So engaged was the MetaFilter community about w00t being word of the year, 14 years after its first use, that one correspondent, Uther Bentrazor said: "I guess I never really thought about it, I always read "w00t" as the nerd-chic version of the way rappers yell "WHAT!" incessantly as an interjection for any number of reasons. "

A discussion here the other day as to whether a term like nerd chic was oxymoronic came loosely to the conclusion "not always". And now I find this quote attributed to David Tennant by Brahmawolf: "Tennent himself has described his look, in refering to his Doctor Who character, as nerd chic. Nerd chic, I think it should be embraced more."

There's still time to define the term. The Urban Dictionary invites authors to propose a definition for this yet undefined term, so have a look here, where the term used is slightly different - nerdy chic.

And the NY Times has also put a seal of approval on nerd chic an article on Boing Boing, in the business section. Which I guess is fair. Does the concept apply in librarianship, I wonder (this is a library blog)? Or is that really in the oxymoronic realm?

1 comment:

Bec said...

I have heard less flattering terms than 'nerdy chic' used to describe librarians' unique style, Derek. Perhaps we should embrace the 'nerd chic' phenomenon. There certainly seem to be a lot of Dr Who / David Tennant fans in libraries ...