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Zim'et
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Icon 1 posted March 09, 2005 17:10      Profile for Zim'et         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The other day my boyfriend and I were just talking and out of nowhere he said, "You know, I really prefer the term 'nerd' to 'geek'. How 'bout you?" I've always felt the same way, and told him so, but I was wondering, what do all of you prefer? I feel that the term 'geek' implies more of a focus on technological geekiness (i.e. computers, math, etc.), where as my boyfriend and I are comic book nerds.

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I've been called both, but I guess geek is the most often used term, so I will stick to that. [Wink]
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I prefer 'reformed' serial killer.

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Stibbons
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I used to prefer nerd, but recently my views have changed - to me and the people around me, nerd has the connotations of glasses, high trousers, and pocket protectors; while geek implies a smart yet not necessarily uncool person - a geek can be use Linux, be good at his/her work and play crazy games, yet doesn't dedicate their lives to the library and is still someone you can hang out with.

Hence why I class myself as a geek [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted March 09, 2005 18:40      Profile for ewomack   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I've never been a fan of either term. People who don't judge themselves as "geeks" or "nerds" too easily dismiss those with these words and file them away in the "ignore" column. Some people don't take those who classify themselves as "geeks" or "nerds" seriously in work environments (I've seen it happen, unfortunately).

But I'm still a geek whether I like it or not. [Big Grin]

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TonyRad
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I prefer the term "Geek" I really don't like being called "nerd" at all. I will on occasion go by "Dork" though. I think Dork is a fun one. [Wink]
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Lab rat is my preferred title.

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quote:
Originally posted by Stibbons:
I used to prefer nerd, but recently my views have changed - to me and the people around me, nerd has the connotations of glasses, high trousers, and pocket protectors; while geek implies a smart yet not necessarily uncool person - a geek can be use Linux, be good at his/her work and play crazy games, yet doesn't dedicate their lives to the library and is still someone you can hang out with.

Hence why I class myself as a geek [Smile]

You have summed up my thoughts exactly.

I typically let other people do the classifying...if they want to call me a geek, fine. If they want to call me a nerd, hmm, better watch out [Razz] .

Believe it or not, there are a few acquaintances of mine who don't know I have any technological expertise whatsoever...A situation I somewhat prefer as it cuts down on "Can you fix my computer" syndrome.

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I wear glasses. I wear my pants at the waist line, with a belt, with my shirt tucked in. I spend most of my time with my face in a book, or staring at a LCD screen. I spend a great deal of time doing things with electricity that could easily get me killed. I go as a nerd, but will happily take the compliment if someone calls me a geek.

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"Nerd" to me always had a somewhat negative connotation with no positive attributes. "Geek", on the other hand, brought to mind a similarly introverted or socially inept stereotype but with something to be respected about it - hence the coolness factor. So I guess I'd prefer to be called a geek (and am referred to as such occasionally), though "maven" and "goddess" work well, too. [Big Grin]

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That's Mister Geek to you.
Now where's my burger and coke?

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Well as 'the Geek shall inherit the Earth', I much prefer to be known as a geek.

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Everyone just calls me a fscking a*...

/me looks at the choices.

Oh I'm a geek, I think.

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I am a geek and proud! I even refer to myself as a geek. Though my boyfriend prefers to call me 'princess'. [blush]
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drunkennewfiemidget
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quote:
Originally posted by CommanderShroom:
Everyone just calls me a fscking a*...

/me looks at the choices.

Oh I'm a geek, I think.

I'll second that one.

EDIT: Oh, and by that I mean everyone calls me fscking a*... I'm not calling the Commander one. [Big Grin]

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BW - with a name like that if I were your boyfriend I would call you whatever you wanted!

As for me - I'm a Geek! No Nerd for me.

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I prefer "Geek" - no question about it. "Nerd" is synonymous with "Dweeb," and is not a title I particularly like. Maybe I am a nerd from time to time (or all the time?), but I cetainly don't wish to be branded as such. [Smile]

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angryjungman

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Steph calls me a dork quite often.

While I prefer to be called a "Geek", I don't particularly think I've really earned the title yet. But I'm getting there.

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Nerd=Eurkle Geek still out for discussion

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Zim'et
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If my boyfriend called me 'princess' I'd gut him. He does call me 'Lady' sometimes though. I kind of like the eccentricity in that.

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Mel
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A nerd is a smart person obsessed with knowledge (stereotypically sporting thick glasses, parted hair, high pants, pocket protector, etc).

A geek is someone obsessed with comic book characters, Star Wars/Trek, computer games, LAN parties, and other things that aren't about school. These people stereotypically wear costumes of their favorite movie or comic book character, and maybe greasy hair? The Simpsons comic book guy is a good example.

That's the way I've always seen it, anyways. But both are supposed to be "socially inept" stereotypically.

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Mel
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Did you know "nerd" was a term invented by Dr. Seuss? ...you probably did...

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No way! It was Willy Wonka.

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Mel
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Mmmmm! Nerds are so tasty! I want them in my mouth right now!

lol

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quote:
Originally posted by Mel:
Mmmmm! Nerds are so tasty! I want them in my mouth right now!

lol

I wouldn't have put it quite like that. Poor Cap'n Vic's probably just had a heart attack after reading that [Wink]

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