We’re Geeks not Nerds. Get it right!

The terms “geek” and “nerd” have often been used inter-changeably, and I find, for one, being called a “nerd” is rather… insulting! I’m a geek! And even though I know the difference I just can’t explain it. Dictionary.com defines the two terms as such:

  • geek Slang
    -noun
    a computer expert or enthusiast (a term of pride as self-reference, but often considered offensive when used by outsiders.)
  • nerd Slang
    -noun
    an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit: a computer nerd.

We know, that when trying to define slang, we get less then accurate results. In this day in age, geeks are not limited to the realm of computers (ie. movie geeks, gaming geeks), and nerds are not necessarily single-minded. Even using computers as an example of a “non-social” hobby is far from accurate (ie. facebook)

There is a viral image of a venn-diagram floating around the internet that sets these terms straight, defining the distinctions between nerds, geeks, dorks, and the like. Unfortunately, it is difficult to pin-point an original source of this brilliance as this image has been replicated and reproduced in blogs, articles, and forums all over the web.

Study, observe, and get it right!

Nerd Venn Diagram