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I know the word "geek" is noun and adjective form is "geeky", so it is grammatically incorrect to say "be geek". But putting grammar aside, does "be geek" still sound strange?

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I want to say "be geek, be kind" in the subtile of my blog, but I wonder I should say "be geeky, be kind", instead.

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Just opinion, but it sounds strange to me... –  starsplusplus May 4 at 16:11
    
"There is no great beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion." -- Sir Francis Bacon –  Codeswitcher May 5 at 2:18

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Geek and geeky have a wide variety of meanings. Until about six or eight years ago the sense was usually negative; but the geeks themselves started wearing the label with pride, and the meaning has shifted,

I think it quite proper to invent a new way of using the word to express a distinctive meaning. This particular use, be geek suggests that you are inviting the reader not to be a geek, a social role to which certain qualities are attributed; certainly not be geeky, to exhibit certain (usually deprecated) behaviors; but to aspire to the noble qualities of geekitude, to release their inner geek.

In any case, it's your blog, and you can say anything you like.

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> but geeky is almost always negative. –  kimh May 4 at 14:36
    
I never know geeky is used with negative meaning. Yes, you got my intention completely right. This somewhat assures me that be geek works even if it is not grammatically correct. –  kimh May 4 at 14:44
    
@kimh I really like it! –  StoneyB May 4 at 15:04
    
There's a subculture in which geeky is used positively. See for example this article titled 10 Ultra Creative and Geeky Bento Box Lunches, where I don't think the word has a negative connotation. –  snailplane May 5 at 7:48
    
@snailplane I was not aware of that, though I knew that geek itself is now positive as often as not. I'll fix. –  StoneyB May 5 at 10:21

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