There are some insults that are easy to shrug off. And then there are insults that wound so deeply they tear at the very fabric of your soul and stay with you to the grave. Which is the way I feel about the term ‘pencil necked geek’. Once you’ve been taunted with this phrase, at a bus stop or in a shopping centre, it’s an experience that you will never forget or recover from.The author and inventor of this hurtful collection of words is American wrestling legend ‘Classy’ Freddie Blassie, who is said to have devised it on this day in 1953.
He enjoyed firing this unusual expression at adversaries in the ring and it soon became his catchphrase. Blassie was so identified with the insult, that he released a single, unsurprisingly called ‘Pencil Neck Geek’ in 1975. This has also been sung at me, in a wounding way, on several damaging occasions.