n : a kind of heavy jacket (`windcheater' is a British term) [syn: parka, windbreaker, windcheater]
Yes yes, the anoraks are important for keeping you snug on snowy Spring days (look out the friggin' window) but of course, the term anorak has another meaning. According to wikipedia:
In British slang, anorak has come to mean "geek" or "nerd." It stems from the use of anoraks (a type of rain jacket) by train spotters, and eventually came to be used to refer to anyone with an unfathomable interest in trivial information regarded as boring by the rest of the population—aided by the intuition that only a geek would wear something so terminally unfashionable.
The word can be qualified by the area in which the person takes an (implied) excessive interest; for example, a "radio anorak" would be someone who found the world of radio broadcasting fascinating.
Fascinting stuff, no? But wait, it gets better. Did you know, it all started with radio?
It was reportedly derived from the weatherproof upper clothing worn by enthusiasts of offshore radio who would, despite their lack of familiarity with maritime life, sometimes travel from British ports in small boats to visit the ships from which their outcast heroes broadcast during the 1967–76 period. The collective impression of their brightly coloured garments in the coastal murk of the North Sea was presumably memorable to the crews of those "pirate ships" who had restricted contact with the mainland due to the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act and the visits might have had an important morale-boosting role, although the wearers of the garments might often have regretted the discomfort of those sea-tossed journeys. In rough weather the anoraks were far more visible than their distressed wearers; hence they were identified by the style of their outer garments. The term was reportedly coined by Andy Archer, a disc jockey of the period.I was on the Bebo page of a cool girl I used to be on pirate radio with a few years ago called Mel Byrne - she's as much of an anorak as I am. Anyway, flicking through her anorak photo gallery, I found the image of me broadcasting from a pirate station studio that I'll look back on when I'm 75, turn to my elderly wife and say "God, wasn't I a ride back then?"...
To which she'll reply "Fuck, no".