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May 25 2011

Geek Pride

by Joseph M

Have you ever been called a geek? Would you consider yourself geeky in any way? Although traditionally considered a pejorative term, it is increasingly being used self-referentially in a more positive context. There is no universally accepted definition as to what makes someone a geek, but stereotypical geeky characteristics include an interest in video games, comic books, science fiction/fantasy, and other esoteric subjects.

Geek Pride Day is an initiative which claims the right of every person to be a nerd or a geek. It has been observed on May 25 since 2006, honoring the premiere of the first Star Wars film in 1977. The idea for a special day celebrating geekdom originated in Spain in 2006 as “Orgullo Friki” and spread around the world via the internet. In addition to commemorating the Star Wars anniversary, Geek Pride Day showcases the work of two beloved sci-fi/fantasy authors with additional “fan holidays”: Towel Day, for fans of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams, and the Glorious 25 May, for fans of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.

What do you geek out about?