“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.
|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(obsess over) “social dating protocols”||Yes – stereotypical broken glasses with white tape, pocket protector, and outdated hair style||Extremely inept!|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:
- Militant Geek.com
- Venn diagram from Craig Newmark’s blog