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Nerdist Week at BBCAmerica.com: Spods ‘n’ Anoraks

Now that Fraser McAlpine at BBC America’s Anglophenia blog has explained the difference between swots and boffins as part of Nerdist Week at the site, the “Fraser’s Phrases” series has turned to explaining what some other nerd-related British slang terms mean. This time, Fraser’s tackling “anoraks,” which is not only a kind of hooded jacket but a dismissive term for the kind of person who might wear one, someone like a trainspotter or collector, and “spods,” who are a variant on swots with a dash of defensiveness and a lot of time spent on Internet forums being, um, spods.

Anyway, it’s another post for Nerdist Week at Anglophenia, and you can read it by clicking here while you contemplate watching the Nerdist TV special starring Chris Hardwick with co-hosts Jonah Ray and Matt Mira, musical director Mike Phirman, and guests Craig Ferguson and Matt Smith on Saturday, September 24th at 10/9c on BBC America, which you will do.

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  1. David Bednar says:

    I finished “Ready Player One” not a week ago– this sheds a whole new light on “The Wizard Anorak”. Wow!