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Geek vs Nerd

Great White Snark has a Venn Diagram to illustrate the difference between Nerds and Geeks and Dorks.  There has been some debate as to how accurate it really is, but its interesting to check out. 

Just the other night, while having dinner with my Father-in-law, we were talking about what the difference between Nerds and Geeks are.  I always felt as though Nerds were rather general in their interest, while Geeks specialised in a particular area.  However, according to those comments on that entry there, it seems some people think I’m wrong. 

My husband has been bragging about how he has converted me into a Nerd.  I don’t think one could quite call me a nerd just yet.  I still haven’t seen Star Wars.  The only Star Trek related thing I’ve seen is the latest movie, and then I only saw it because of Simon Pegg, and I can’t tell the difference between Marvel and DC superheros. 

However, if Geek is some combination of intelligence and obsession, I would have to put myself in that category.  Although my intelligence may sometimes be up for debate, my ability to obsess is not.  There are quite a few things in the Nerd realm that I do obsess about, like Dr Horrible, or The Guild or Dragon Age. 

At the moment, I’m a bit caught up in Spartacus: Blood and Sand.  I’ve spent the last couple of weeks pondering gladiators, and their strong sexy thighs, and their super sharp swords, and their amazing ability to decapitate someone so easily.  And it stars Lucy Lawless, looking ever so gorgeous, and behaving ever so evil and manipulative. 

Now that Season 1 is now finished, I guess I will have to return my focus back to Glee!

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7 thoughts on “Geek vs Nerd

  1. 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 with one or more things including those of intellectuality, electronics, etc.”[1] Formerly, the term referred to a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken, bat, snake or bugs.

  2. What a great debate, the definition of geek, nerd and dork. Would be interesting to collate the stereotypes people describe to see what, if any general consensus there is on the issue.

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