What has Dr Seuss have in common with the term Nerd? Some say nothing, others remind us he created it and point to its first use in, If I Ran the Zoo: “And then, just to show them, I’ll sail to Ka-Troo, and bring back an it-kutch, a preep, and a proo, a nerkle, a nerd, and a seersucker, too!”
But, experts say a 1951 publication of Newsweek gets the prize. Here, for the first time its use refers to that kind of socially maladjusted individual we’ve all come to love, so wonderfully portrayed in the person of Sheldon in “The Big Bang Theory.”
Who really knows! Maybe Dr Seuss was an avid reader of Newsweek; but then his book was published in 1950. Makes you think, doesn’t it?
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