Are people less ashamed of being 'geeks?'
17 December 2013 Last updated at 12:38 GMT
"Geek" has been named the word of the year by the Collins online dictionary.
The word is defined as "a person who is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about a specific subject" or someone who is "a boring and unattractive social misfit".
But after the dictionary also added the words geekery, geek chic and geekdom to its pages, has being a geek become more acceptable in society?
Comedian and self-confessed "geek" Robin Ince told BBC Radio 5 live's Drive: "People are getting their telescopes out... and there is less and less shame about that."