What does “creep” mean in English?

“Creep” by Radiohead

The song “Creep” by Radiohead is so simple that it actually needs very little explanation.  If you want to see the lyrics, click here.

Creep: According to dictionary.com a creep is a “boring, disturbingly eccentric, painfully introverted, or obnoxious person”.  This word is only used in the negative sense.

Weird” means strange.  Many people who speak romance languages only use “strange” to describe unusual things because it is more familiar looking.  Native speaker use “weird” at least as  often – if not more.  “Weirdo” is simply the person  – the noun form of weird.  It is similar to “creep” because both can have negative meanings.  “Weirdo”, however, is more flexible because it can be neutral or … possibly positive.

ex: I’m kind of a weirdo. I *hang out in the park on weekends and play chess – I am obsessed!  (OK, this isn’t a typical hobby, maybe it isn’t your choice of how to spend a weekend, but it isn’t offensive.  You might even admire this person or think they are kind of cool.)

ex: He’s kind of a creep.  He hangs out in the park on weekends and watches the women sunbathing – he is obsessed! (OK, this isn’t so typical and it is offensive – he earns the title “creep”.)

Above, you could use either word in the second sentence with almost no change in meaning.  Using creep in the first sentence, however, makes no sense.

…the hell” is an emphatic phrase that doesn’t have a literal meaning.  It is used often in questions to make them stronger – positive or negative.

ex: Where the hell have you been? I’ve been waiting for an hour!

ex: What the hell have you been doing?  I haven’t seen you in months – let’s have a coffee!

Belong” usually shows ownership.  For example, “This coat doesn’t belong to Winona!”  It can also be used for places or situations often with the meaning “appropriate for”.

ex: “She doesn’t belong in the intermediate class; she should move up to advanced.”

ex: “He found he didn’t belong in the big city – the country was more his style.

Around” means close or in the vicinity.

ex: Is John around?  I’d like to talk to him.

* “Hang out” means to spend recreational time.

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