Trundling through time



Word of the day: Emberlucock – to confuse; to bewilder

“Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away. I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them.”
― Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

I’ve enjoyed my bubble today. I did a YouTube workout. I thought I was fairly fit, but I nearly died. Felt smug though. I ate a garlic bread baguette that has been clogging up the freezer for a while. I tried to learn some new insults, and discovered that neek is a cross between a nerd and a geek.

Now to those (like me earlier today) who don’t know what the difference is between a geek and a nerd. A geek is more of a collector and consumer, excited by things such as movies, music and the memorabilia that comes with them. A nerd is more academic, obsessed with accumulating knowledge in their specialist field. Both tend to be obsessive. nerd

Here’s a graph from Slackprop, here (the whole blog on the subject is worth looking at too) showing words collected from tweets with orange words showing geeky subjects and words, while the blue shows the nerdy.

The picture at the top is from my work, because I miss it, such beautiful plants. What have you all been up to? As productive as me?


8 thoughts on “Trundling through time

  1. Useful chart — I think I’m more a nerd than a geek, let alone a neek/gerd — and a welcome return of those wonderful obscure terms you search out. Etymologist Susie Dent offers these kinds of terms regularly on Twitter, and like Steven Poole in the Saturday Guardian Review, often pounces on a suitably apposite word for the times we’re living in (Poole chose ‘isolation’ last week).

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    1. I’d agree with your analysis, you seem to seek out knowledge rather than stuff. It’s a great way to be, I think. I tend towards the nerd with my fascination with plants, but having spent time with some serious plant nerds, I know I don’t have the data to claim the title.
      Glad you’re enjoying the words, there are plenty more. Maybe I can be a word-nerd!

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  2. My job requires reading all day, so I am saving the chart for later. Thanks for the distinctions. I am neither, I guess. Or, may be a bit of both (That’s the Gemini in me talking). I have sworn off phone because of the pain in neck. I am not referring to the constant male presence in the house. It is real pain that comes from the sprain by holding your phone up in your hands for too many hours. Which means I am not on Whatsapp and Facebook for the next one week. I am also not so much on WordPress. I am using pen and paper to write mostly. I have been painting with my daughter. Yesterday, she made something that resembles a Lion. I made something that resembles a bulbul. You might see them soon on my site since that is all I have to share. 🙂

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    1. I’m sorry for the pain, but it sounds like you’ve got it pretty well figured out. I’d not heard of a bulbul before, but now I’ve looked them up, they are great, so I’ll be looking out for your picture. And the almost-lion too, of course. 🙂

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