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    Are nerd and geek synonymous,if not, how do they differ?
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    There is a very slight difference between the two.

    A nerd is someone who doesn't fit in with the "popular" crowd. He doesn't dress fashionably, doesn't use the latest slang. He is socially and physically awkward.

    A geek sometimes possesses some of those same traits, but he is always very intellectual and has a passion for something academic, whether it be computers, or history, or playing chess. Bill Gates is a good example of a geek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    There is a very slight difference between the two.

    A nerd is someone who doesn't fit in with the "popular" crowd. He doesn't dress fashionably, doesn't use the latest slang. He is socially and physically awkward.

    A geek sometimes possesses some of those same traits, but he is always very intellectual and has a passion for something academic, whether it be computers, or history, or playing chess. Bill Gates is a good example of a geek.
    I understood what really geek means with your good example.
    Could you please set an example for nerd?

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    Strange, the word 'nerd' was borrowed into Swedish, though slightly changed to befit the Swedish pronounciation (nörd). However, it means 'geek'. Like in: a "computer nerd", not a "computer geek" ('data nörd').

    G.E.E.K., as an acronym, stands for General Electrical Engineering Knowledge. (or, is it a backronym?)

    I have read that the difference between the terms "geek" and "nerd" is widely disputed. I, for one, often here my students say "I'm such a geek!", where 'geek' is used derogatorily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ullstring View Post
    I understood what really geek means with your good example.
    Could you please set an example for nerd?

    Urkel (from the old TV show Family Matters) is a typical nerd, as is Lisa Loopner (a character from Saturday Night Live).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bianca View Post
    I have read that the difference between the terms "geek" and "nerd" is widely disputed. I, for one, often here my students say "I'm such a geek!", where 'geek' is used derogatorily.
    But geek can also be used in a positive way- plenty are proud to be geeks. However, I haven't heard nerd used positively.

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    To me, a nerd is more of a conformist, more of a traditionalist than a geek. A nerd is considered overly intellectual in more than one area, whereas a geek is more of an enthusiast in one main area:

    computer geek (complusive, non-conformist)
    computer nerd (complusive, conformist)

    That's my understanding.

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    hear --detect auditory output (Note the ear in hear.)
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