The Difference Between a Geek and a Nerd

NuqneH, reader! If you know what I just said, then you are an epic geek. More specifically, you are an epic Star Trek geek. And I applaud your geekiness, as I too share it!

There is an Epic Rap Battle on the interwebs called Nerd vs. Geek. Here it is. Listen to it, and be entertained.

Was that not enlightening?

There is also a chart, created by a nerd named Burr Settles (yes that is his name), which shows words associated with the term “geek” (in the orange/yellow color) versus the words associated with the term “nerd” (in the blue).

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Now if this isn’t the most brilliant thing you’ve seen all day (besides that Star Wars trailer) then I don’t know what you do with your life. Maybe you just saw a lion lick a baby deer.

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Oh. Oh my, that is cute.

Anyways back to the subject: geeks vs. nerds. So nerds are seen typically as more “brainiacs,” the “smarticle particles,” so to speak. Or as Urban Dictionary puts it: “One whose IQ exceeds his weight.” Settles puts a nerd as “a studious intellectual, although again of a particular topic or field. Nerds are “achievement” oriented, and focus their efforts on acquiring knowledge and skill over trivia and memorabilia.”

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Geeks are seen as more pop-culture-oriented. Those are your standard Whovians and Trekkies and SuperWhoLockians and tumblr bloggers and such. Settles defines a geek as “an enthusiast of a particular topic or field. Geeks are “collection” oriented, gathering facts and mementos related to their subject of interest. They are obsessed with the newest, coolest, trendiest things that their subject has to offer.”

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You see, the difference between these two classes of not only the high school hierarchy, but the societal hierarchy as well, is, in actuality, quite prominent. Not only this, but one person may not be wholly encompassed by a certain category. Take me, for example: I have a 4.0 GPA and take hard classes (see: nerd), yet I play the alto sax in band, am huge Star Trek fan, love Doctor Who, and am a Disney movie enthusiast (see: geek). I don’t quite fit into a category… and the best part is.. I don’t have to!

Lesson learned: Categories are for scrubs. Break your molds. Be a geek, or a nerd, or both at the same darn time!

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See you next time! PunnyRabbit out! (GD)

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