News Tesco has removed a line of clothing featuring pictures of animals wearing glasses with the words 'nerd' and 'geek' underneath

Aneliese Whittaker complained range stereotyped people who wear spectacles

Do we need Mensa?

As the club for clever-clogs reaches 50, William Hartston explains why its members are no more than a bunch of useless eggheads with chips on their shoulders

Online with Eva

"In England, if you debate anything more important than traffic lights, then you must be mad. I come from a very intellectual family. We used to debate things for breakfast."

Word from a nerd: beware the Net

A computer wiz tells Joseph Gallivan it's time to pull the plug on the wired world

The geek shall inherit the earth

The geek shall

Sweet nothings

The makers of Love Heart sweets are swapping romance for abuse to attract male customers. A new brand abandons 'I Love You' for words such as 'weirdo' or 'nerd'.

Neon Nerds: a taste to suit the times: Joseph Gallivan on the new generation of 'super-intense' streetwise sweets

ADULTS buy 90 per cent of all the sweets sold in Britain - but children eat 63 per cent of them. This may explain why the Asda supermarket chain has recently announced that a third of all its checkouts will from now on be 'sweetie-free zones', to relieve customers of the pressure of wheedling youngsters. But parents can do nothing about the flourishing sweetie 'underground' - the penny dreadfuls, as they are known in the marketing trade.

Travel: One for the nerds

ON BEHALF of the Independent Traveller, I have signed up for the globe-encircling Internet system. Wherever you are in space or time, you can report your travels and tribulations to me by e-mail to calder@cix. compulink. co. uk. Or, if you are not so flash, send a postcard.

Letter: The geeks have a word for it

ALLISON Pearson and other British television critics seem unfamiliar with a key term in the vocabulary of MTV/Channel 4's Beavis and Butt-Head. It's not 'woosie' but 'wussy', a combination of 'wimp' and 'pussy', which rhymes with the latter. The term is invariably used as a noun in variant forms, ie 'what a wuss'. It is mildly euphemistic, closer to 'wally' than 'wanker' in effect, and like these cognates, reserved exclusively to describe other males.

Letter: No nerds in this fantasy

YOUR sports Comment ('Reality of the Fantasy fad', 30 January) was unimaginative and cynical. Fantasy football is an attempt by fans to become more involved in a sport that has traditionally ignored them. The suggestion that we are all nerds 'playing out fantasies on computer networks with no more

BOOK REVIEW / Big draw for 'sophisticated' nerds: 'Adult Comics: An Introduction' - Roger Sabin: Routledge, pounds 35/ pounds 9.99

ARE comics anything more than kids' stuff? That's for Roger Sabin to prove here, and something less like a comic than his book would be hard to imagine. Each chapter closes with suggestions for further reading in media and cultural studies. The book is out to redeem the popular image of comics and those who bother with them.
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