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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Nerds, Geeks, and Dorks

I'm not sure when society forgot the original meanings of these words, but they've been devolved into a synonymous equivalent for loser.  These three terms are vastly different, and not necessary tied together.  Allow me to explain;

Nerds are those that are naturally book smart, usually to an annoying degree.  Nothing inherently 'uncool' about them.

Geeks are people fanatical about a certain subject; i.e. Star Wars, comic books, or the like.  While typically viewed in a negative light, some forms of 'geekness' are socially acceptable.  These accepted geeks normally have the approved qualifier attached to their title, such as a music geek, or movie geek.

Dorks are individuals with little or no social skills, and are closest to the aforementioned loser.

While anyone can be one, all, or any combination of these three, people are not mutually all or none.  I, for one, am a nerd (as this post painfully demonstrates) and a geek, however I am not socially awkward, not a dork.

So next time you decide to call someone a geek, make sure you don't mean dork.

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