Quit acting like a nerd

“You’re acting like a nerd again.”

I’ve heard that once or twice. This week.

It reminded me that I’ve been called a nerd, a geek, and a dork at various moments in my life.

I’ll assume that many of you are not as accustomed to being called one of those terms as I am. Or perhaps you wondered which of them you should call me at a given moment.

I’ve got the quintessential answer to your question:

“What’s the difference between a geek, a nerd, and a dork?”

This comparison table should help define, describe, and differentiate the three terms.

Oh yeah, it took a nerd to come up with the Venn diagram above.

Geek Nerd Dork
Definition (from wikipedia.org) “a peculiar or otherwise odd person, perceived to be overly obsessed with one or more things including those of intellectuality…” “a person who passionately pursues intellectual activities, esoteric knowledge, or other obscure interests…rather than engaging in more social or popular activities…” “a quirky, silly and/or stupid, socially inept person, or one who is out of touch with contemporary trends…”
Cool possessions collects them invents or fixes them is confused by them
If given a job title actuarial rocket scientist outcast
Socially inept? No – in fact, can easily blend with the crowd due to abilities to study (obsess over) “social dating protocols” Yes – stereotypical broken glasses with white tape, pocket protector, and outdated hair style Extremely inept!
Intelligent? Not as smart as a nerd, but able to study and memorize facts and figures. Extremely intelligent! Think Bill Gates (shown above) Might be intelligent, but social mannerisms overshadow their brains.
Obsessed? Absolutely! A geek is defined by obsessions and depth of trivial knowledge. Not usually. Not usually.
Star Trek fan? Can recite entire monologues from all the captains of the Enterprise. KNOWS the names of all the captains. Can build a working replica Star Trek prop. (Who do you think invented the cell phone?) Often forgets that characters on Star Trek are just that…characters.
This table itself Studying it Built it Doesn’t get it

Content collected (by one who is more of a geek than a nerd or a dork) from the following sources:

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