I've been wondering lately: what exactly is the difference between a geek and a nerd? Surely there is some reason why we are NERDfighters and not GEEKfighters apart from the arcade game that John played in the airport (and the fact that Nerdfighters just sounds better than Geekfighters). Maybe the ning can tell me.
Unfortunately, I cannot find any such thread here on the ning (I didn't look that hard, but oh well). So, I figured I might as well start one and see what the rest of the Nerdfighters think.
Dictionary.com defines "nerd" as -
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.
and "geek" as -
1. a peculiar or otherwise dislikable person, esp. one who is perceived to be overly intellectual.
2. a computer expert or enthusiast (a term of pride as self-reference, but often considered offensive when used by outsiders.)
3. a carnival performer who performs sensationally morbid or disgusting acts, as biting off the head of a live chicken.
I'm pretty sure (or at least hope) that the chicken thing doesn't apply to anyone here. I also think that the second definition of nerd would be widely preferred to the first definition. I don't think that Nerdfighters in general are stupid, irritating, ineffectual, or unattractive. I think that we are, as a group, probably about average in each of those categories, if more on the intelligent side rather than stupid. I certainly don't think we're ineffectual.
I also think that the second definition of geek is far too narrow: not everyone here is specifically interested in computers. However, the first definition claims that geeks are dislikable, and I think that that observation is relative to who is attempting to do the liking.
Overall, it does seem like the second definition of nerd fits Nerdfighters as a group best out of the five possible definitions above.
But this still doesn't really answer my question. What's the difference between a geek and a nerd? How similar are they? Which would you prefer to be?
I want to hear some Nerdfighters telling us all what they think about the Nerd vs Geek debate. I want some definitions, I want some descriptions, and I want some comparisons. And.....GO!