Click to visit our sponsors!

homeGeek CultureWebstoreeCards!Forums!Joy of Tech!AY2K!webcam

  The Geek Culture Forums
  Ask a Geek!
  Whats the difference between dork nerd and geek?

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

UBBFriend: Email This Page to Someone! next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   Whats the difference between dork nerd and geek?
Evilbunny
Highlie

Posts: 790
From: A Calculus book near you...
Registered: Nov 2001

posted November 08, 2001 16:48     Click Here to See the Profile for Evilbunny   Click Here to Email Evilbunny     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I need an expert's help here! Thanks!

IP: Logged

Steen
SuperBlabberMouth!

Posts: 1269
From: Maryville, TN, USA
Registered: Jan 2000

posted November 08, 2001 21:18     Click Here to See the Profile for Steen   Click Here to Email Steen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First, all three and spelled and pronouced differently.

Beyond that, they all have something in common... everybody has a slightly different definition for each and most of the time, the definitions overlap enough to make it impossible to specify definitive differences between them.

IP: Logged

Beej
unregistered
posted November 09, 2001 14:09           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Dork" is purely derogative. There is no implication of any skills (or useful knowledge) whatsoever. Interest may be present, but no actual skills.

"Nerd" is also derogative but skills and/or knowledge are present. However a useful outlet for those skills is usually missing. Amateur status is also implied. For example: a "Computer Nerd" is most likely your neighbor who is quite familiar with the workings of the internet. (He/She might be able to install an extra hard-disk in a computer but is clueless about LVD SCSI.

"Geek" is similar to "Nerd" in basic description. "Geek" however implies hireability (for their skills and/or knowledge). Key to "Geek" is the implication of hireability.

IP: Logged

Evilbunny
Highlie

Posts: 790
From: A Calculus book near you...
Registered: Nov 2001

posted November 09, 2001 19:40     Click Here to See the Profile for Evilbunny   Click Here to Email Evilbunny     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ahhh! I have been enlightened! Thank you all!

IP: Logged

Zen Master
unregistered
posted November 10, 2001 05:24           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Geek" is someone who gets geeked about technology, science, whatever.

"Nerd" could be a geek, but dresses oddly and is somewhat lacking in social skills.

"Dork" could be a geek and/or a nerd, but has an annoying habit of acting like a nerd-jock and spouting off facts when people dont care, or trying to "one-up" people with knowledge. Dork is totally lacking in social skills. Unfortunately for geeks and nerds, they are often equated with the dork.

IP: Logged

tafkact
Highlie

Posts: 656
From: nowhere, man
Registered: Jan 2000

posted June 25, 2002 22:38     Click Here to See the Profile for tafkact     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
how about exapnding a bit on some of these.. there's a few ppl i have pointed this page out to and it needs a bit "more"

IP: Logged

Alien Investor
Assimilated

Posts: 384
From: New York City
Registered: Jan 2000

posted June 26, 2002 00:16     Click Here to See the Profile for Alien Investor   Click Here to Email Alien Investor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How about some examples?

Linux dork: posts "open sources rules! Micro$soft suxors!" messages regularly on Slashdot (and everywhere else, too).
Linux nerd: installs Linux and uses it.
Linux geek: fixes the bugs, sends bug fix patches to authors, patches appear in the next version. (That used to be me, right now I am only a Linux user, not a developer).

Fitness dork: wears lycra, but never breaks a sweat.
Fitness nerd: runs a 5K every now and then, and everbody within earshot hears about it. (That's me).
Fitness geek: turns down social events because they conflict with Sunday 8:00 am schedule.

Science dork: watches Star Trek and believes the physics is real
Science nerd: reads Scientific American (That's me).
Science geek: works in a lab

That's just my taxonomy of the world.

IP: Logged

neotatsu
Super Geek

Posts: 160
From: puyallup WA, USA
Registered: Jun 2002

posted June 26, 2002 00:43     Click Here to See the Profile for neotatsu   Click Here to Email neotatsu     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
well, I always call meself all of them...I usually define a nerd as somone who's smart, and could easily be geek, but has yet to develop the skill's...a geek is a person who's intelligent, and has skill(though what skill differs based on their chosen area of geekiness), and a dork is somone who has an interest but not the brain power to be considered a 'nerd' though CAN obtain proper skill if they are motivated enough..I know mostly dorks, I'm mostly nerd(I'm still an in training geek *sigh*), but TRUE geeks by my deffinition, I've only met two, and they were teachers...oh and most dorks also have an obsession with videogames, and/or anime, though most of them have the moronic perception that dragon ball is a good anime....IT WAS FUCKING MADE FOR *5* YEAR OLDS ...*cough* sry kinda sumthin that pisses me off heh...odd considering I havn't seen an anime in three months, and I havn't been gaming even 1/4 as much as I used too..

IP: Logged

skylar
Geek Apprentice

Posts: 47
From:
Registered: May 2002

posted June 26, 2002 02:12     Click Here to See the Profile for skylar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
dorks don't want to be dorks... they'd far rather be head cheerleader/ captain of the soccer team, but just don't have the blandness down.

nerds couldn't and wouldn't be anything else, but they wish that the 'popular' people liked them, and thought they were cooler.

geeks are nerds who have made a success of their nerdiness. It doesn't matter whether people like them or not because they don't care, they're cooler than you anyway! (so ner)

at least, in my humble experience, this has always been the case

sky

IP: Logged

rw
Super Geek

Posts: 247
From: Kirkland, Wash. (US of A)
Registered: Nov 2000

posted June 27, 2002 05:30     Click Here to See the Profile for rw   Click Here to Email rw     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
http://wso.williams.edu/~dgambrel/catgirl/cgoed.gif

IP: Logged

xobender
Alpha Geek

Posts: 293
From: Carrot Colony on Lagoon and Irving.
Registered: Mar 2001

posted June 27, 2002 21:24     Click Here to See the Profile for xobender   Click Here to Email xobender     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Zen Master:
"Geek" is someone who gets geeked about technology, science, whatever.

"Nerd" could be a geek, but dresses oddly and is somewhat lacking in social skills.

"Dork" could be a geek and/or a nerd, but has an annoying habit of acting like a nerd-jock and spouting off facts when people dont care, or trying to "one-up" people with knowledge. Dork is totally lacking in social skills. Unfortunately for geeks and nerds, they are often equated with the dork.



what if your all three, then what ?

IP: Logged

All times are Pacific Time

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | Geek Culture Home Page

© 2002 Geek Culture® All Rights Reserved.

Powered by Infopop www.infopop.com © 2000
Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.47e

homeGeek CultureWebstoreeCards!Forums!Joy of Tech!AY2K!webcam