Thursday, April 23, 2015
Random Question.. Nerd vs. Geek
Dpwac immediately sent me several comments via twitter explaining how they describe Nerd and Geek.
@dpwac @Geekyfanboy Geek is about obsession, with anything. You can geek out over Marvel, the Periodic Table or cooking. Nerd is the intellectual.
@dpwac @Geekyfanboy Nerd can be STEM, literature or pop culture, but I view them as the quieter version of geeks.
@dpwac @Geekyfanboy Nerds have book clubs, geeks go to con :)
@dpwac @Geekyfanboy But that's my personal view, and someone probably thinks I'm wrong. And this is the internet so I'll hear about it in my TL :)
I got a few more comments via twitter..
Pamela Self Templin - Both. If it's about a specific topic like math, history, and so on, I use nerd. If it's more broad, like theatre, sci-fi, etc., I use geek. So, science nerd; theatre geek.
Erin Coplan - I like both, and use both, but nerd more often, no specific reason why.
Jim McCaffree - Weirdo.
Jami Losurdo - I only use awesome person.
Anthony Thompson - I prefer the term passionate badass.
Jennifer Luchsinger - Both!
Alyska Gutzwiller - I probably use Geek more often, but I use both too. I also like Dork, Weird and Freak.
Lauren Natoli - I prefer "geek," but where I grew up, "nerd" was used for an uptight/bookish/overly-correct person and I'm not really any of those things, so I don't use it as much. "Geek" wasn't a term I heard used much before this new era of geek that's risen in the past few years.
Sebastiaan Van Dijk - Both. Geek because i obsess about tons of things (card games, superheroes, games). Nerd because i'm a highly intelligent person working in IT.
Rick Dostie - I've used both to describe myself, but lately I've started to like just the term "fan" or fanboy or fangirl more. Because everyone is a fan of something.
Joshua Hsu - Sometimes I call myself a Neek or a Gerd. That way I don't have to make a decision
Markus Hunt - I think it's difficult to pigeonhole yourself as a genre these days. I know goths who steampunk and airsoft. I wargame but love sports. I'm happy being a Friend Of Kenny but that would make me a FOKer
Mark Daniels - I call myself a nerd.
Matt Cipoletti - Geek
Harry Dauz - Neither!
John Keating - My name is John
Justin Kemmling - Both. Because essentially they are the same. At the same time they are different and I act like a geek at times and act like a nerd at times. I'm a paradox.
Doug Rusley - Geek, usually.
Thanks to everyone who responded. I think I'm like most people here and use both but I tend to use Geek more often then Nerd... hence my "online" name Geekyfanboy.