I’m Proud to be a Geek, but that doesn’t mean I’m a Nerd

The list of blog posts I want to write is getting longer and longer, and the free time I have to write them seems to be getting shorter and shorter. But since I don’t want to disappoint my avid *cough* fans, here’s a quick diagram (courtesy of Neatorama) to explain the difference between a geek and a nerd. Just in case you needed the clarification.


Filed under Random Stuff, The Inner Geek

14 responses to “I’m Proud to be a Geek, but that doesn’t mean I’m a Nerd

  1. This is perfect! I love it. Made me smile when all I seem to have the energy for today is frowning! Well done and thank you Jo.

  2. BJ Kerry

    hey Jo,
    has someone been picking on you?
    don’t let them drag you down.
    I don’t want to be geek or nerd but we are what we are
    (in my case very talented, very sporty very beautiful .. . in my dreams)

    • Nah, no one’s been picking on me. At least, not recently. I’m just a bit over-sensitive because I *was* picked on throughout school, from the age of 8 until I was 18, and one of the most common names people called me was “nerd”. These days, I’ve embraced my geekiness, and I love it. But when someone knows that I’m happy to be called a ‘geek’ and calls me a ‘nerd’ as though the words are interchangeable, it hits all those old wounds. Plus, I’m quite socially ept, thankyouverymuch.

  3. I think I might be a dweeb. That can’t be good…

  4. Hmm. I generally use the words “geek” and “nerd” interchangeably – in reference to myself. But I never refer to myself as a dork. For whatever reason, Geek and Nerd seem to me to be reclaimable terms – in the sense that I can be proud of that self-identification – but Dork is irredeemably pejorative.

    • Yeah, I don’t think there’s a lot that seems pleasant about being called a dork. But then, I know people who refer to themselves as dorks and are quite happy with it. I’ve always had the sense that the difference between a geek and a nerd is that a geek is happy in social situations, whereas a nerd prefers to sit behind a computer and avoid social interaction. But like I said earlier, I’m also scarred from being teased mercilessly for 10 years, so my opinion on this should come with a truckload of salt. 🙂

  5. I’m not sure exactly where I fall on this diagram, but I’m saving it for future reference. Thanks for making me smile.

  6. Momma Be Thy Name

    I’m a nerd. My husband’s a geek.

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