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    computer nerd/ computer geek

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    One who eats (computer) bugs for a living. One who fulfils all the dreariest negative stereotypes about hackers : an asocial, malodourous, pasty-faced monomaniac with all the personality of a cheese grater. The term cannot be used by outsiders without implied insult to all hackers; compare black-on-black usage of "nigger". A computer geek may be either a fundamentally clueless individual or a proto-hacker in larval stage....
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    Some self-described computer geeks use this term in a positive sense and protest sense 1

    I'd like to ask whether it a good definition of a computer nerd ?
    What do you understand by a "computer nerd " ?

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    Re: computer nerd/ computer geek

    I'm not qualified to comment on how self-proclaimed computer nerds use the phrase, but I will tell you that ANY use of the "n-word" as shown in your definition will be highly imflamatory in the US, and I strongly advise you to NOT make use of that comparison if you are looking for a way to explain "nerd" to others.

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    Re: computer nerd/ computer geek

    hello,
    Thanks for advice;
    so .. what should I do if I quote ? What put instead of the sentence I consider for some reason inappropriate as in the above example or not important ?
    Should I split the quote or put something in place of the sentence ?
    Perhaps - [...]

    "One who eats (computer) bugs for a living. One who fulfils all the dreariest negative stereotypes about hackers : an asocial, malodourous, pasty-faced monomaniac with all the personality of a cheese grater. The term cannot be used by outsiders without implied insult to all hackers; [...]. A computer geek may be either a fundamentally clueless individual or a proto-hacker in larval stage."

    Cheers,

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    Re: computer nerd/ computer geek

    Are you trying to understand the term, or are you trying to define it for someone else?

    You can just say "Someone who is very interested in computers, often to the exclusion of most other interests, and often portrayed as having poor social skills."

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    Re: computer nerd/ computer geek

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    hello,
    Thanks for advice;
    so .. what should I do if I quote ? What put instead of the sentence I consider for some reason inappropriate as in the above example or not important ?
    Should I split the quote or put something in place of the sentence ?
    Perhaps - [...]

    "One who eats (computer) bugs for a living. One who fulfils all the dreariest negative stereotypes about hackers : an asocial, malodourous, pasty-faced monomaniac with all the personality of a cheese grater. The term cannot be used by outsiders without implied insult to all hackers; [...]. A computer geek may be either a fundamentally clueless individual or a proto-hacker in larval stage."

    Cheers,
    Yes, that is the correct way to indicate that you have left out part of the quotation. I would write " ... hackers. [...] A computer ..."

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