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Question: Which phrase do you prefer?
Steampunk - 87 (96.7%)
Steampunker - 3 (3.3%)
Total Voters: 88

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« on: July 26, 2011, 10:25:40 am »

For a bit of Tuesday fun.
Which do you prefer?

Are people involved in steampunk called steampunkers, just as those who like Rock are called Rockers?
Or
Are people involved in steampunk called steampunks, just as those who like Goth are called Goths?

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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2011, 10:41:14 am »

Defiantly .... Steampunks!
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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2011, 10:47:54 am »

Steampunk, the term "steampunker" really gets on my nerves for some reason.
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« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2011, 11:00:23 am »

"Steampunk" is better.  When speaking Spanish we are calling ourselves "Steamers."

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« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2011, 11:04:12 am »

Steampunk, the term "steampunker" really gets on my nerves for some reason.
-Matt

Yeah, me too! I don't know why, but 'punker' just sounds odd & silly.
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« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2011, 11:08:22 am »

The capitalization is important.  Those who are fans of the steampunk aesthetic and stories are Steampunks.  It is something we are, not just something we do.

And I fully realize how pretentious that sounds.
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« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2011, 11:13:19 am »

'Steampunker' sounds like how your mum would say it when she tries to 'get' what it is we do.

"Are you going out with your steampunker friends today, dear?"

It just jars....
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« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2011, 11:13:59 am »

I definitely prefer Steampunk - the alternative just sounds like "Steampunker than thou..." - and attitude I utterly abhor.
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« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2011, 11:30:37 am »

For a bit of Tuesday fun.
Which do you prefer?
Are people involved in steampunk called steampunkers, just as those who like Rock are called Rockers?
Or
Are people involved in steampunk called steampunks, just as those who like Goth are called Goths?

But surely they are called "Ma'am" and "Sir"!!?? Grin

Personally use and prefer Steampunk and I used to be irritated by "Steampunker" when I heard it for similar reasons to those listed here but now I simply accept it as someone else's take/experience of it.
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« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2011, 11:44:13 am »

i think it depends you mean
i have a friend that is more punk then anything else but i have gotten him into steampunk a little but i call him a SteamPunker (note the capitals)
i my self call 'us' A Steampunk (when were by our selves) and when we are in a group i call us Steampunks
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« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2011, 11:58:18 am »

I’m steampunk and also I am a Steampunk. You can call me a Steamer if you like but please don’t say Steampunker.
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« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2011, 12:07:37 pm »

I've never heard the term Steampunker before. It doesn't sound right, it doesn't flow off the tongue.
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« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2011, 12:31:10 pm »

Steampunkist? Like Shootist.
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« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2011, 02:18:51 pm »

Seing as punk culture members are punks I'd say steampunks. anythingpunker sounds like some sort of niche sexual fetish involving plungers...

Also, I believe the reason rockers are called rockers is because 'rock and roll' was religious in origin as listeners were 'rocked and rolled in the arms of the lord' so those that created such music slowly became 'rockers' as the were the ones rocking others (though by this point the genre had been somewhat divorced from its religious origins)
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« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2011, 02:29:32 pm »

Seing as punk culture members are punks I'd say steampunks. anythingpinker sounds like some sort of niche sexual fetish involving plungers...

Also, I believe the reason rockers are called rockers is because 'rock and roll' was religious in origin as listeners were 'rocked and rolled in the arms of the lord' so those that created such music slowly became 'rockers' as the were the ones rocking others (though by this point the genre had been somewhat divorced from its religious origins)

Rock & Roll was also a widely used sexual analogy.
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« Reply #15 on: July 26, 2011, 03:45:08 pm »

Steampunk sounds rather more correct. Although I will entertain Neo-Victorian Aesthete.

Steampunker just sounds so .... pedestrian.
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« Reply #16 on: July 26, 2011, 05:32:53 pm »

I admit, I was rather a fan of the term "steampunker". I hadn't heard it until a couple of goth friends came back from Whitby and commented on how controversial the "steampunkers" seemed to be. It sounded like it was actually a somewhat derogatory term, but I kind of like it, myself.

I realize that I'm very much in the minority, however, and so shall stick with "steampunk" in future...
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« Reply #17 on: July 26, 2011, 05:50:29 pm »

I've not come across "steampunker" before. Perhaps its just not made it's way stateside yet?

Thought, I've used "steampunkery" more than a few times... Take of it what you will.
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« Reply #18 on: July 26, 2011, 06:24:36 pm »

When I was at A-Kon in Dallas this year there was this random girl that saw me walk by and said loudly "Oh look, a steampunker.  Whatever shall we do?" (She was obviously joking as she was at nearly all of the steampunk panels.) That was the first time I'd ever heard the term spoken and I must say it was like nails on a chalk board to me. 
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« Reply #19 on: July 26, 2011, 08:57:00 pm »

I prefer Steampunk, But i have used Steampunker on occasion. Don't really like Steampunker, And i am doing my best to remove it from my vocabulary.

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« Reply #20 on: July 26, 2011, 09:03:34 pm »

I've not come across "steampunker" before. Perhaps its just not made it's way stateside yet?

Thought, I've used "steampunkery" more than a few times... Take of it what you will.

Interesting since I heard it in the States before I heard it in the UK.  Wonder how these terms originate?  I assume that such a simple expansion on the term will originate in parallel in several places.
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« Reply #21 on: July 26, 2011, 09:09:52 pm »

I've not come across "steampunker" before. Perhaps its just not made it's way stateside yet?

Thought, I've used "steampunkery" more than a few times... Take of it what you will.

Interesting since I heard it in the States before I heard it in the UK.  Wonder how these terms originate?  I assume that such a simple expansion on the term will originate in parallel in several places.

The obvious answer is that there is an alternate reality BG where the common descriptive is steampunker and that we're just experienceing a little bleed-over. Yes yes, that must be it.
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« Reply #22 on: July 26, 2011, 10:14:28 pm »

Steampunker sounds like something one might find on a golf course. STEAMPUNK please
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« Reply #23 on: July 26, 2011, 10:37:44 pm »

Hahaha....bit of a buggar for Germans here it has to be said. Punker is German for Punk. Dampf, so I have just looked up, is German for Steam....so Dampfpunker in German?

 I began to say steampunker out of knowing the German 'Punker' for punk. Not only that its almost like saying 'Spunker'...such as such phrases like "Hows it going me old spunker"! I always feel it has a bit of joy in it when I say "Alright me old Steampunker"!

 It seems to be silly in taking such a thing to heart really. Why not get creative with words! Aparantly old Jester did!?
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« Reply #24 on: July 27, 2011, 02:30:20 am »

That may be so in German but when you say it with the German pronunciation (the shorter 'u' sound) it sounds normal. 'punker' with the British 'u' sound (bunk, lunch, truck) sounds horrible.
The German version may use 'punker' but in German it sounds fine to be brief.
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