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2009-03-03 20:43:27

A University of Illinois professor says that while the meaning of geek has shifted into a more positive light, nerds still face negative stereotyping. The valence of the word 'geek' has really changed over the years, said Lori Kendall, a professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science university's Urbana-Champaign campus. People talk about 'geeking out,' which indicates a very intense focus on an interest, and sometimes it's an interest that not a lot of people share. It...

2008-09-18 03:00:20

By Davidson, Sinclair Major reform is needed to fix the problem of academic bias, argues Sinclair Davidson. Following a campaign by the Australian Liberal Students Federation, a Senate committee is investigating the level of intellectual diversity at Australian universities. It is well-known that academiaand more often than not those who are university educated-have a left-wing progressive bias. The best and most comprehensive analysis of that left-bias comes from the United States. A...


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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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