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Idea hamster

noun; compounding
A person who, with seemingly endless energy, always seems to have his/her idea generators running The first metaphor in this category seems to be idea generator. To extend the metaphor to the people with all of the ideas, the term hamster was used in order to more effectively describe the fact that they keep going without stopping. This term is especially effective because it is accurately described by the animal in the term. This term can easily be used in many online classroom situations. Therefore, I believe the term is used most predominantly in the business and education communities.
 
One of the problems with smart people is they can be idea hamsters.
Etymology : From Middle English, from Latin, from Greek idein “to see” + German, from Middle High German hamastra, from Old High German hamustro, from Old Russian chomestoru “hamster,” from Avestan hamaEstar “oppressor”
Source : American Digest
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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