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This week's theme: eponyms.
poindexter (POIN-dek-stuhr) noun
An extremely intelligent but socially inept person.
[After Poindexter, a character in the animated series Felix the Cat.]
Poindexter is a synonym of nerd or geek. In the cartoon, Poindexter is the nephew of The Professor, the arch-enemy of Felix the Cat. The creator of the cartoon series is said to have named the character Poindexter after his lawyer.
-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)
"As more companies try to recruit business-literate CIOs, the title looks
increasingly attractive to Young Turks who might earlier have dismissed
it as a job for Poindexters."
Whoever, in the pursuit of science, seeks after immediate practical utility, may generally rest assured that he will seek in vain. -H.L.F. von Helmholtz, physiologist and physicist (1821-1894)