Nudnik - n. U.S. colloq. Esp. in Jewish usage: a pestering, nagging, or irritating person
"I would've either blacked out or thrown up," said Nancy Hopkins, a biologist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who stood up and left Summers' speech, reports the Boston Globe. "It is so upsetting that all these brilliant young women (at Harvard) are being led by a man who views them this way," she added.Of course, being the gentleman that he is, Summers has taken the appropriate steps to remedy this offense: Harvard Chief Sends Roses to Fainting Female Prof
Summers was dimly aware that stating the obvious is a provocation on liberal campuses. So he girded his audience for comments about "differences" between the sexes with the preface, "I'm going to provoke you." But his ginger approach to the subject was still "upsetting" to members of the audience. Not false, but upsetting. Notice that professors don't even bother to formulate their criticisms in cerebral language anymore; they just express emotional hurts.
Mr. Summers expressed regret today that the female scientist was "hurt by my brutal suggestion that further research was needed to find reasons for the observable phenomenon of male dominance in science and math. I hope the dear lady can forgive me for bringing up such coarse subjects in mixed company. In the future, I shall show more sensitivity in the presence of the fairer sex."