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14 responses to “Tropes and jargon in the femmogeekosphere”

  1. oldfeminist

    Women in Refrigerators (ref or

    “Nice Guy”

    Concern Troll
    What About The Menz

    Bingo, Bingo Card

  2. tigtog

    Good suggestions (and thanks for the WIR link).

  3. Mary

    We’ve tried to put some of these up at as well, should cross-pollinate a bit I think. The only one from over there that you don’t have is ‘grunch’, which I don’t think is used much in blogs although it has some currency in the women-in-tech channels and mailing lists.

  4. tigtog

    Cross-pollination is always good, Mary!

    Ooh, I should do “on the gripping hand”.

  5. Willow

    Godwin’s Law (used more in general geek discussion, but maybe still relevant here?)

  6. tigtog

    Two good suggestions, Willow. Any good links?

    Also should add the one from evo-creo debates about engineers.

  7. tigtog

    Although I’ll probably add in a general link to The Jargon File and maybe a few other good general trope resources rather than try and get too comprehensive. It’s mostly meant for terms that come up around here specifically fairly often.

  8. Mary

    Which jargon file? The Hacker Jargon File in its current incarnation is somewhat controversial with ESR adding war blogging terms, some of his own coining.

  9. tigtog

    Ah, I’ve been using this ancient version for years. It probably contains most of the basics that I’d be referencing. I’m not really into the Hip NewFangled Hacker Jargon.

  10. Jet

    My Nigel / Your Nigel – mostly used at I Blame the Patriarchy. Which is one by itself, I suppose – IBTP.

  11. Mindy


  12. Peggy

    What about the Geek Social Fallacies?

  13. tigtog

    Peggy, that’s a good article – I’ve added a link to it in the Not Quite Lexicons section.

  14. tigtog

    A couple of people have suggested acronyms that are easily findable in online acronym dictionaries/finders. I don’t mind listing a *few* acronyms that feminists and femgeeks might have a different meaning for than how they are generally used, but I’m not interested in reinventing the wheel entirely! I’ve added a link to the Acronym Finder at the top of the page.

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