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November 17, 2009 8:17 AM Subscribe
Does "creepy" have specific meaning?
posted by d. z. wang to writing & language (42 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm trying to understand what it means to be "creepy". Are there specific behaviors or traits universally recognized as creepy? Does it vary from person to person? Or is it just a catch-all term for unsociable behavior?
Is it possible for girls to be creepy? Is creepy behavior different for girls than for guys? Is it necessarily tied to interactions between genders?
And, is "creepy" different from "creepifying"?
Not looking for stories about creepy people you've met, unless you really have no other way to explain some aspect of creepiness. Hearing these stories is what got me writing this question in the first place.