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 ring...at that age, not their current ages. Anyway....

I wanted to define these 3 terms. I thought it'd be fascinating to see what dictionary.com (my favorite website for when I'm writing my book, along with thesaurus.com 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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