[ih] Re: The 20th anniversary of the Internet

Matt Crawford crawdad at fnal.gov
Mon Dec 16 07:45:31 PST 2002

> have been in machine rooms on January 1.  Believe it!!  Some geeks got
> very little sleep for a few days (and that was before the work "geek"
> was invented, I believe.)

The word goes back much, much longer, but not exactly in the modern
sense.  A geek was a circus performer who would do disgusting things,
like bite the head off a live chicken.

			Matt Crawford
	  internet newbie: started on milnet in 1984

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