The Nerd Defined

I sometimes reflect upon what a nerd is as compared to a geek. I have always referred to myself as a nerd since I used to identify with the “nerd” characters in movies. But on my journey of inner-reflection and self-discovery I recognize both nerdy and geeky characteristics, as defined by other geeks and nerds on the Internet.


So I found this great diagram online that defines various types including nerds, geeks, and even dorks and dweebs.

Turns out, nerds are at the center of it all! Now I used to be more socially inept but I’m a well adjusted grownup now. And I realize that I may jump back and forth across the nerd/geek border from time to time. But my loyalty lies with the Nerd Union!

So tell me, are you a nerd? A geek? Other?


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One Response to The Nerd Defined

  1. Paul Halenda says:

    Cool blog!!

    I like the diagram.. I’ve usually thought of myself as more of a geek, but now I see I was unfairly limiting myself: I too have clearly-delineated moments of social ineptitude, I might as well own up to it. And just trust my true friends will like me anyway..

    So now I’ll proudly claim my correct position at the middle of the diagram, and be a card-carrying member. And if I can’t find a place to get a card, why I’ll just make one. Hah!