Superman’s villain inspired the term “brainiac”

Brainiac is a supervillain, usually associated with Superman; to many, the strongest one the Man of Steel has ever faced.

Its name, a blend of brain and maniac (because he’s both a genius and a madman), was also inspired by an early computer named ENIAC.

But it was the comic book character’s name, which first appeared in 1958’s Action Comics #242, that inspired the term “brainiac” we use today, common slang (often derogatory) for a very smart person.



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