What defines a nerd?

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  1. Shadowsoldier

    Shadowsoldier Ancient Guru

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    At this point in time people are ironically calling themselves nerds but at the same time looking down on intellectualism. People watching Big Bang Theory and Dr.Who think that makes someone intelligent/geeky yet whenever you ask them about anything that requires thinking; math, science, computers...they all look at you with a derp face. Have you ever encountered this and what was your reaction?
     
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    Nerd is a good thing, these days
    It means knowledge and expertise
     
  3. Barry J

    Barry J Ancient Guru

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    I believe a nerd does not know that they are a nerd people who call themselves a nerd are really nerd wanna be's am I a nerd who knows am i
     
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    I agree with this post
     

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    The nerd/geek thing kind of always painted an idea of a person being just sort of having full blown Aspergers. But now with everyone having a computer/tablet along with having a Facebook and even being into MMORPGs- I don't think the nerd/geek thing carries as much as a "social awkward" sort of vibe- so now in some areas you have people relating it to being the same as "hipster" almost.

    To have people using any sort of word to define themselves always have a case of unwarranted self importance. You know, the whole:
    "I'm a vegan."
    "I'd like to think of myself as an intellectual *glasses* "
    "I'm a liberal"
    "I'm a environmentalist activist"

    Yet an average person is such a collage of conflicting interests who the hell can say they'd fully identify with any group?
     
  6. scoter man1

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    I'd say it has more to do with being introverted and socially awkward. I agree with the OP. I've seen people that act like a "nerd" and they are completely derp. I know the first CS class I was in, I saw many "nerdy" looking people, and they absolutely sucked at the basic principals that I'd figure I could teach to a monkey.
     
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    The term "nerd" has become very mainstream in the last years, along with this new hipster thing. I remember for example back in 2005-2006 I was considered a nerd for playing WoW hardcore and frowned at. Funny stuff, nowadays there are a lot of those people that laughed at me playing the game now when it's super casual, while I quit for years.

    What I define as a nerd is not necessarily someone with good math skills and little "social" skills (as is the cliche) but someone who has very indepth knowledge in one field and is very passionate about it, even without having a degree. There are still many genuine ones like that, just that now it's a harder to spot them.
     
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    Interesting, in my Computer Science major I met a lot of genuinely intelligent/nerdy fellows. Although the in fighting of who is the bigger nerd is very apparent in it!
     
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    Well, my intro classes were at a community college, so that might have something to do with it :nerd:

    I'm at University of Michigan now. The class sizes are so big I don't really know anyone!
     
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    Pzykotik Ancient Guru

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    In my mind, “geek” and “nerd” are related, but capture different dimensions of an intense dedication to a subject:

    geek - An enthusiast of a particular topic or field. Geeks are “collection” oriented, gathering facts and mementos related to their subject of interest. They are obsessed with the newest, coolest, trendiest things that their subject has to offer.
    nerd - A studious intellectual, although again of a particular topic or field. Nerds are “achievement” oriented, and focus their efforts on acquiring knowledge and skill over trivia and memorabilia.

    pictorially à la The Simpsons

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    Source: http://bit.ly/1cWNPap
     
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    kanej2007 Ancient Guru

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    These 2 pictures define the general nerd:

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    Nerd - Glasses and pocket protector.
    Geek - Stained T-shirt with holes and chip crumbs on it.

    I'm pushing 50/50 in each, So that makes me a Geeknerdman.

    Issue solved.
     
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