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Old 04-19-2003, 07:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is being called a nerd a good thing?

I'm talking high school.

I advanced to the state level in UIL academics and there was an article in the school newspaper title 'UIL nerds advance to state'

and it was written by another student who is involved in UIL and she made it sound good to be a nerd.

it listed the names of people going to state and i was there.

anyway, this is NOT bothering me, but i was just wondering.

our school's UIL team is not a bunch of dorks, (there are some), but some of us are pretty cool people.

anyway, i was wondering..

Would you want to be called a nerd in high school?
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Old 04-19-2003, 07:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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As weird and strange as it my sound, I take great pride in considering myself I nerd since I'm a big fan of anime and gaming.
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Old 04-19-2003, 08:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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hell, look at most of the powerful people in the technology world nowadays, they were all nerds and most of them still consider themselves nerds.
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Old 04-19-2003, 08:14 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The definition and connotation of "nerd" and"geek" has definitely changed in the past 10 or so years. When I was in high school, and that was only 6-7 years ago, being a nerd was a social stigma. Now it's almost cool to be a nerd or geek. Although I'd say "dork" holds the same weight it did when I was younger.
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Old 04-19-2003, 08:16 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Nerd is okey, but geek is generaly thought of as a more deragatory term. Like someone who is akward is a geek, nerds are stabler in their nerdom.
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Old 04-19-2003, 08:18 AM   #6 (permalink)
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It's a big cycle. I was a "nerd" in high school in the late 70's, we all laughed about it in a "wild and crazy guys" SNL kinda way.
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Old 04-19-2003, 08:19 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 04-19-2003, 08:58 AM   #8 (permalink)
I prefer to be called a geek. To me, a geek is a nerd with social skills.
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Old 04-19-2003, 09:02 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Nerd, Geek what difference does it make. I read a great article a while back in the New York Times called "what's in a name?" I think you just define what it means. Meaning if you think nerd is a bad label, it will be. It doesn't have to be though. I was labeled a so called nerd in high school, and it never hurt my social status. At times it's even enhanced it. Just realize this, "nerds" run big business, and ultimately the economy. Those who despise nerds are probably just jealous they've got the iq of a fetal pig.
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Old 04-19-2003, 09:46 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Call it whatever you want. Geek, nerd, whatever. Its all about how YOU percieve it. You should be proud of your geekdom, nerdiness or whatever you want to call it.

Actually forseti said it well enough.
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Old 04-19-2003, 10:16 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Bill Gates is a nerd and current Master Of The Universe.

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Old 04-19-2003, 10:22 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I was called a nerd on a daily basis in high school.

I loved it. The kids with the best grades had all the say at my school. I was King back then too.
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Old 04-19-2003, 10:24 AM   #13 (permalink)
im not a nerd! i just know a lot... j/k

im proud of being called a nerd. its better than being called a dumbass or an idiot :P
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Old 04-19-2003, 10:31 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Old 04-19-2003, 11:12 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Good ?,

Wasn't a nerd, but knew a few. They is makin' the $$$ now. For us in the dayz it was the nerds who did comp classes an the like. I now keep in touch with several of them who are like workin' for major corp. and earnin' bling.
Don't know if its a stigma nowadays (bit old) but I do know my corp. and a few others are still lookin' for rocket scientists (who were the nerds) and basically askin' 'em to name their price.
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Old 04-19-2003, 11:14 AM   #16 (permalink)
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yeah, i'm feeling good being called a nerd now.
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Old 04-19-2003, 12:26 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Originally posted by evang3lion
As weird and strange as it my sound, I take great pride in considering myself I nerd since I'm a big fan of anime and gaming.
Exactly! This is one of the terms. Gaming and Anime. And usually also Computers. From that i'm a Gaming Geek... I'm Nerd.. although I associate Nerd with math... and so I say i USED to be a nerd, but something went wrong. Even if people tried to make fun of us, they realize we're the ones who do well in life. And personally I'd rather have a weird name in highschool compared to the rest of my life.

Geek doesn't equal no social life or boring. Just means you're intelligent and usually like gaming and anime.
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Old 04-19-2003, 12:37 PM   #18 (permalink)
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often, if a non-nerd calls you a nerd, it is meant to be negative... although as some people describe above... "nerd/geek" could describe a very broad culture. still, outsiders might not see that.

and as proud and happy as nerds may be with themselves, there is some truth to many of them lacking some social skills.
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Old 04-19-2003, 01:25 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Nerd is an insult in my book

I am a geek and proud of it - a nerd is someone less social and more closed in on himself
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Old 04-19-2003, 01:34 PM   #20 (permalink)
Originally posted by BoCo
Being a nerd is a bad thing, but being a geek is cool!
I couldn't have said that better myself.

Be nice to nerds, they'll be your boss someday.

I'm a geek, but who really gives a shit what anyone calls you?
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Old 04-19-2003, 03:48 PM   #21 (permalink)
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exactly spec, who gives a shit what someone calls you, really?
its up to you.
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Old 04-19-2003, 03:57 PM   #22 (permalink)
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i am a nerd in probably every definition of the word. i read science magazines, i'm interested in quantum physics, i get almost excited when i encounter new concepts and theories in mathematics.

the way i see it, i have something called curiosity, and if being curious means having the social label of nerd or geek attached to your backside, then so be it.
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Old 04-19-2003, 04:06 PM   #23 (permalink)
i want to start using my pocket protector again and the wife isn't having it...IMHO it's a convenient way to change stuff that goes into your pockets to other shirts...

geek/nerd.... intellecutal type... doesn't matter...
Old 04-19-2003, 04:13 PM   #24 (permalink)
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As was said before, being called anerd/geek in high school doesn't have the same impact now than 10 years ago. I was called a nerd because of my grades and complete disinterest toward varsity activities. As I as started college, being a nerd/geek suddenly opened up a lot of doors, and I'm not just talking academically. It seems that girls change their taste in guys at some point, so the HS jock gets the shaft, while yours truly gets dates.

I love that.
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Old 04-19-2003, 05:04 PM   #25 (permalink)
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nerds may not rule the world but they make more money than the average person
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Old 04-19-2003, 05:05 PM   #26 (permalink)
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It totally depends on your definition of the words geek, nerd and dork. Geek, as it was defined by my friends and I, means you have a great love for something that is not exactly embraced by society: i.e. band geek, choir geek, drama geek, art geek. Usually associated with creative hobbies/occupations/activities. Nerd is someone who is preoccupied with things of an academic nature, books, computers, studying, the like. For instance, I am a nerd because I enjoy reading books such as Thomas More's Utopia. Nerds might also be preoccupied by Star Trek, but that can also fall into geekiness. Dork, however, is derogatory. Usually used in the sense that someone is an idiot or has committed a social gaffe.

So, for instance, I was a choir geek in high school, but now that I'm in college I'm a complete nerd who spends all her time at the library. My friends say I'm a dork though because I'm an incredible klutz.

So, by these definitions--being a nerd is definitely a good thing!
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Old 04-19-2003, 05:08 PM   #27 (permalink)
The New Hacker's Dictionary says:
nerd n. 1. [mainstream slang] Pejorative applied to anyone with an above-average IQ and few gifts at small talk and ordinary social rituals.
Just about sums it up, no?
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Old 04-19-2003, 05:28 PM   #28 (permalink)
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It all depends...

A girl I know used to call me a dork, but it was in a very friendly manner, and usually was said after one of my lame jokes/comments.

I didn't mind this at all, and knew it was just a way of her to say "something" in response to a joke. It wasn't intended to be hurtful and I didn't take it as so.

Even when intended to be hurtful, the person calling you a nerd is at least acknowledging that they think you are smarter than they are.
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Old 04-19-2003, 05:40 PM   #29 (permalink)
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For some reason, at my HS, the 'nerds' and 'geeks' more or less merged into the 'goths'. I mean, there were 'band geeks' and that definition, but the "smart but social outcast" group was the goths. Looking back, I realize just how cliquey sp? my HS was... in college it doesn't really matter, as long as you're not an ass. Although there are still some jocks in denial... they still seem to think they're hot shit, but its pretty funny watching them, cause they don't "own the school" anymore. Actually, the artsy people outnumber the jocks. I guess they could be considered the nerds and geeks in high school, only older, and they are the ones who will probably succeed in life.
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Old 04-19-2003, 05:49 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Being called a nerd in High School is usually done by those
who are intimidated by intelligence
and care about face-values only.

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Old 04-19-2003, 06:13 PM   #31 (permalink)
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From my experience..

Nerds - those who study all the time, get straight As, have no social life or common sense, are very boring, have a hard time getting laid.

Geeks - Like onesnowyowl said, those who have a great love for something that is not exactly embraced by society, a little more social than nerds but not much, have a higher chance of getting laid.
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Old 04-19-2003, 07:20 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Joe Fnord
The New Hacker's Dictionary says:
nerd n. 1. [mainstream slang] Pejorative applied to anyone with an above-average IQ and few gifts at small talk and ordinary social rituals.
Just about sums it up, no?
What if i fit the first criterion, but not the the other two?
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Old 04-19-2003, 07:23 PM   #33 (permalink)
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What if i fit the first criterion, but not the the other two?
Then you're just a dork
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Old 04-19-2003, 07:27 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Being a called a NERd is kewl, but being called "SIR" is better!
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Old 04-19-2003, 07:40 PM   #35 (permalink)
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sure "geek" and "nerd" usually means they lack social skills.. but thats the OLD meaning. it no longer means that. Besides i know some people that dont' fit any either category and lack the social Skills. Geeks are always gaming with each other.. thus the social skills are actually raised... as they are.... WITH PEOPLE..

I play RPGS.. and i'll admit there are some people that still carry, "The LooK" which is that physical attire that people see and give everyone else a bad name. I don't look like that, and i bet many do not. We're cool, we have social skills. Heck i'm a Geek, yet i spend tons of time talking to friends online all the time. If I didn't have social skills.. then i wouldn't well.. be able to talk to so many people daily.
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Old 04-19-2003, 07:55 PM   #36 (permalink)
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here's my understanding now

nerd : an overall smart person, in almost all aspects well above average.

geek: judged mainly on looks, and the stuff they say. i cant exactly describe it though.
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Old 03-19-2004, 04:36 AM   #37 (permalink)
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Old 03-19-2004, 07:06 AM   #38 (permalink)
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Old 03-19-2004, 07:49 AM   #39 (permalink)
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I was a proud nerd in high school. I don't look like one, but I definitely had the other attributes
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Old 03-19-2004, 08:20 AM   #40 (permalink)
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Roger that, I was a nerd in high school, but not because of appearance or anything like that, but I did enough computer-related shit to be called a nerd. And I carry much pride in that title.
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