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'Geek' evolves from insult to word of 2013

COLLINS Dictionary have announced "geek" as the 2013 Word of the Year.

Having opened up for online submissions last year, the survey found the evolution of geek is far-ranging, with its 19th-century interpretation taken to mean "a simpleton".

The word then became used as a term for social misfits and has now been extended to include a special knowledge of any area - a description that bears a greater sense of pride.

Geek was awarded Word of the Year ahead of the likes of twerking, bitcoin, phablet, Plebgate and fracker.

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