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tweet about geeks, nerds and dorks I received this tweet a couple of days ago in responce to a tweet I wrote about Geek Bait. I must say it made my heart race momentarilly ... Was I being a Dork, I like being a Geek but am I a Nerd? OMG Who am I? WolframAlpha definition of Geek So lets start by saying I am a Geek ... no question about that, but I don't think I am a nerd. Since then it's been the topic of some office discussion ... I work in an office surrounded by software developers so there have been a few varying thoughts on the topic. Anyway, as any good Geek would do I went to Google ... Ok that's not true, I went to WolframAlpha but when their definition included under narrower definition "crackpot | fruitcake | nutter | screwball and wacko" I went to Google for a friendlier explanation. Google said ... Nerd swot: an insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or boringly studious. an intelligent but single-minded expert in a particular technical field or profession . wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn Nerd is a term often bearing a derogatory connotation or stereotype, that refers to a person who passionately pursues intellectual activities... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nerd Geek The word geek is a slang term, noting individuals as "a peculiar or otherwise odd person", especially one who is perceived to be overly obsessed ... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geek Geek is a common term for someone who is obsessed by their computer, and has achieved a high level of expertise in their chosen area. ... www.open2.net/sciencetechnologynature/computing/glossary.html A term similar to nerd, but slightly less pejorative in tone. teladesign.com/ma-thesis/glossary.html Dork jerk: a dull stupid fatuous person wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn A quirky, silly and/or stupid, socially inept person, or one who is out of touch with contemporary trends. Often confused with nerd and geek. en.wiktionary.org/wiki/dork Ok so now I am confused ... they all sound slightly the same, but I guess my take on it is: You can be a Geeky, Dorky Nerd ... Certainly I am quite capable of it, but that's not all I am. I guess you can be a Geek, without necessarily being a nerd. If you are a little sophisticated, and socially well adjusted you would still be a Geek if you are really into computers and technology but no longer a Nerd. You can be a Nerd if you are strongly academic focused, but you aren't a Geek unless you are also fascinated with IT. This is the area when I start to think of heavy set glasses and pocket protectors. Ever since "Revenge of the Nerds", being a Nerds not all bad. It's funny ... being considered Dorky isn't something I've been that bothered by because to me it feels a little eccentric, but I don't like the description above that says being Dorky also means being stupid. Oh well, here you go .... You decide ... let me know whose who :-)
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