Egghead - Word of the Week
Noun: an informal way of describing a very studious or academic person.
"Mary will do well at university. She has always been an egghead - even when she was in elementary school."
The term “Egg Head” was created in the 1950’s when a historian used the word to describe intellectuals in American politics. It was then used by Richard Nixon and soon became a well-known word in American slang.
Eggheads is a UK television quiz show. The show pits a team of five 'Eggheads', who are winners from previous game shows, against teams of five 'challengers' who try to beat the Eggheads.
"Egghead" was a villain created for the 1960s Batman television series. His crimes would usually have an egg-theme to them. He would also include egg puns in his speech like "egg-zactly" and "egg-cellent."
In the Marvel comic book The Avengers, there was also a villain named "Egghead". He was an an evil genius scientist who was known for his super intelligence.
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Do you know any Eggheads? What's the slang word for a clever person where you're from?