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Re: Geek VS Nerd

Postby canoemoose » Tue Oct 13, 2009 12:36 pm UTC

Pez Dispens3r wrote:My favourite term though, for engineering types, is "boffin". I think it's always had an endearing quality, and makes me think of guys in white coats holding spanners, rushing to finish off the death-ray before the Martians arrive.

This was originally a derogatory term for a German missile scientist during the Second World War.
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Re: Geek VS Nerd

Postby singlefin » Tue Oct 13, 2009 2:24 pm UTC

Pez Dispens3r wrote:My favourite term though, for engineering types, is "boffin".


I got called that all the way through school and I despised it. It makes me feel... stabby.

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Re: Geek VS Nerd

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Re: Geek VS Nerd

Postby Squid Tamer » Sat Oct 31, 2009 9:31 pm UTC

I usually consider nerds to be socially inept, or at least fairly up-tight about lots of stuff. They are intelligent, but they will still study for an hour or two for the test the next day.

I consider Geeks to be intelligent as well, and may be a bit socially awkward, but are typically much looser about rules and studying. While a nerd might have studied for hours, a geek might have "not done it because it's boring."

I think that I heard someone say: "Both a nerd and a geek will ace the final test, but only the geek will go to the party afterward."

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Re: Geek VS Nerd

Postby aleflamedyud » Sun Nov 01, 2009 9:50 am UTC

A geek is a person whose intense interests take up so much time that they become different in personality from most other non-geeks.

A nerd is a person whose behavior causes others to think of them as a machine.
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Re: Geek VS Nerd

Postby Narius » Mon Nov 02, 2009 2:50 am UTC

I've actually had multiple discussions with people trying to explain this difference, as I perceive it anyways.
I label myself in the geek category.
Both geeks and nerds are intelligent, but I think the differentiating factor is social ability and awareness.
Geeks have a relatively 'higher' level of social ability than nerds. They aren't socially awkward and and can pick up on unspoken communicative cues and such.
When I think of a nerd, I think of the character Screech Powers from the old show "Saved by the Bell" (no idea if anyone here would have actually watched it...)
That's my take on it.

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Re: Geek VS Nerd

Postby lemmings » Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:42 am UTC

blue halax wrote:Empirical evidence!

They are the same, look at how it is interpreting the input, "geek, +--nerd" and "nerd, +--geek". The '--' is a double negative which means that the statements are "geek, ++nerd" and "nerd, ++geek".

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Re: Geek VS Nerd

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:58 am UTC

Nope, that's not how that works. A single minus "demotes" things with that tag, while a double minus removes them. Not completely cure what's up with the plus in front, but the double minus does not mean plus.
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