Nerds or geeks? Does it matter?

March 24, 2011 by Zack Harold
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The tagline for this “nerd” blog is “Embrace your inner geek.” Nerd and geek. Many people, including the bloggers here at the Daily Mail, use the terms interchangeably.  Other people get very upset when you do that.

Both “nerd” and “geek” started off as derogatory titles. Over the years, “geek” has somehow broken free and become a point of pride. Geeks are aficionados. They’re experts. They’re the people that invented Twitter, the Kindle and Angry Birds.

Nerds didn’t hire the same PR people. To many, being a “nerd” means getting shoved into lockers. Nerds are the bespectacled, acne-ridden social outcasts that go to prom with their mothers. They’re Screech from Saved By the Bell and Jacob ben Israel from Glee. Creepy, with weird hair.

But we know that’s not true…most of the time. Sure, some nerds have trouble matching their clothes. Some can’t hold a conversation without dropping a Battlestar Galactica reference. But that’s the great thing about the geek/nerd community. We welcome all kinds.

Everybody needs to be passionate about something. I’m a longtime music nerd, with dozens of records, hundreds of CDs and thousands of MP3s in my library. My wife is an agriculture nerd — she’s raised 10 chickens from birth and is about to plant a garden much too large for our two-person family.

I feel sorry for those who haven’t found something to get nerdy about.  Join with us and help liberate the word “nerd.” Because life’s too short to be cool.

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5 Responses to “Nerds or geeks? Does it matter?”

  1. bradmcNo Gravatar says:

    We should probably add an “agriculture” category here in Nerd Living.

  2. ashleemaddyNo Gravatar says:

    Duane and I consider label ourselves geeks, I’m not offended by the occasional “nerd” thrown in there though :)

  3. joyroseNo Gravatar says:

    That’s pretty awesome. What I like best about being “uncool” is not being expected to chase somebody else’s dream!

  4. Katy BrownNo Gravatar says:

    Geek Chic!

  5. Karan I.No Gravatar says:

    I’m cool, but I long to be a nerd and/or geek. Because most of us really are, deep down inside.

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