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Poindexter

Posted by Deborah on October 24, 2001

My students are reading The Watsons Go to Birmingham. In it one of the characters is referred to as Poindexter by other students...because he likes to read a lot. As I understand it, it's used to refer to a "brainiac" (as one of my students described it) or a very smart person... maybe a know-it-all?? Where does this term originate and does anyone have a more specific definition or description of it's meaning? Thanks for your help.