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itsalljustaride said on February 15th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

While I agree on the overall premise, that nerdiness is being too widely misapplied as a personality trait, your examples are way off. Most of what you put here applies to geeks, not nerds. Nerdiness implies intelligence, whereas geekniess simply implies a somewhat inordinate obsession with something. Thus, you could be a Desperate Housewives geek, but that would in no way make you a nerd. Likewise you could be a Batman geek, but also be dumb as a box of rocks, in which case, no nerdiness. The only example that fits the bill is the last one, and even that you botched, since I know way more nerds that use Macs than do Windows. Windows is the ubiquitous OS that everyone and their grandma uses. Most people know how to do more than email with it. I’d still put it under “Knowing the actual reasons Windows sucks”, but it certainly is more nerdy than someone knowing how to do more than email with Windows. The rest of your examples are all geeky things. Here’s a quick way to tell if it is a geek-trait or a nerd-trait, do you have to have a degree in it? No? Then it’s geek-related. Pop-culture is the realm of the geek. Academia is the realm of the nerd. The two do blend, and often nerds are geek and geeks are nerds, but the semantic differences are there.

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Annie Moose said on April 7th, 2009 at 8:27 am

I agree that there needs to be a Doctor Who one… except I’d change the “Not Nerdy” category to “has never heard of Doctor Who, unless they’re British”. Sadly, nobody in the US has ever heard of it. It’s depressing.

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