Monday, April 30, 2012

Geeks, Nerds, and Dorks

You know, I'm thinking I should win a prize for "Best Blogpost Title for 2012" or something. I mean, really, you know you're intrigued with a title like that. Much better than "The Hunger Games" or "Lord of the Rings." But below is the ultimate battle of definitions.

You gotta admit, that's an awesome pic. I wanna see those two wrestle in a WWE that age, not their current ages. Anyway....

I wanted to define these 3 terms. I thought it'd be fascinating to see what (my favorite website for when I'm writing my book, along with for word usage verification) had to say about these terms.

 First up: Geek

Geek - noun (slang)

1. a computer expert or enthusiast (a term of pride as self-reference, but often considered offensive when used by outsiders).
2. a peculiar or otherwise dislikable person, especially one who is perceived to be overly intellectual.
3. a carnival performer who performs sensationally morbid or disgusting acts, as biting off the head of a live chicken.

Hmm....I like that geeks pridefully refer to themselves, but it's derogatory otherwise. Also, they aren't likeable . . . and . . . bite the heads off of live chickens?

Now here's the kicker, we at Mormon Geeks have defined geek our own way, following modern trends with the term. Being a geek can be an awesome thing and we're dang proud of it. Geeking out over things like non-sci-fi/fantasy, non-computer world stuff is totally acceptable to us. It's our blog, we write about what we want to write about.

Anyway, on to Nerd

Nerd - noun (slang)

1. a
stupid, irritating, ineffectual, or unattractive person.
2. an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit: a computer nerd.

So, based off my high school years, I think I defined nerd. No wait, I socialized. Yes! I still find offense at being called stupid, irritating, ineffectual, and unattractive. We all know I'm the best looking guy in the world. Women fawn over me wherever I go. (Don't freak out from the lies, it's called sarcasm people.) 

So, ready for dork?

Dork - noun

1. Slang . a silly, out-of-touch person who tends to look odd or behave ridiculously around others; a social misfit: If you make me wear that, I’ll look like a total dork! jerk, schmo; nerd, geek.
2. Slang: Vulgar . [Male reproductive organ]

I really like this "out-of-touch" thought. But I'm curious, out-of-touch with what? Society? Reality? Fashion? Movie times? Spaghetti? Doughnuts? And seriously, what is up with definition #2. I don't think I can call anyone a dork ever again. (Probably will, to be honest.)

Anyway....just some definitions and a reminder that we're the geeks, we'll say what we want about what we think is geeky and what we think is not. 

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