August 8, 2012
The first time I was called Pointdexter was at J.A. Craig High School in Janesville, Wisconsin (about 40 miles south and east of here).
If I remember correctly it was bestowed on me by another member of the school's debate team (note, I said another member).
Sometimes, for fun, it was just 'Point,' or 'Pointy.' It was not a compliment.
According to Wikipedia - here are a couple of references:
- A term for a nerd, referring to this character
I decided the best response was to go along and laugh along with the rest of them. What was I going to do, beat them up? HA
Over my three years at Craig (grades started at 10), it became just another nickname and I learned that while I couldn't control what others said, I could somewhat control the way I reacted.
The guy who gave me the name became a good friend and the others on the debate team (really weren't we all pointdexters on some level) got along quite well.
It's not a name I'd like to revive, and I'd encourage you not to add this moniker to someone you know - but as hardships in high school - it was something I learned from and lived with.
But, you can call me Dave or David. Thank you very much.