I was wondering whats the difference between a Geek and a Nerd, because I get called them both and I would like to correct them with the right one. I think I am a Geek I am not entirely sure tho so please help!
The term varies by who uses them... so other people's opinions as to what they mean generally don't matter. What matters is what the person calling you a geek/nerd means by it. Either way... don't correct them.
The two terms are interchangeable as far as I'm concerned.
What is the difference between a Geek and a Nerd? Style.
This is kind of how a feel. Anyone can be a nerd (and probably everybody is in someway) but what makes you a geek is how you present yourself.
How is everyone a nerd? Just because you spend a lot of doing "cool" stuff, doesn't mean you're not a nerd. Just means you're a nerd for that "cool" stuff. To not be a nerd would mean you are boring and have zero hobbies.
Not factual, but I just get a kick out of the dictionary.com terms. For the record I consider both of them to be compliments because they both (to me) mean the person knows their stuff that they are a geek/nerd for (computer geek/nerd, programming geek/nerd, etc.)
a stupid, irritating, ineffectual, or unattractive person.
an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit:
a computer nerd.
a digital-technology expert or enthusiast (a term of pride as self-reference, but often used disparagingly by others).
a person who has excessive enthusiasm for and some expertise about a specialized subject or activity:
a foreign-film geek.
a peculiar or otherwise dislikable person, especially one who is perceived to be overly intellectual.
a carnival performer who performs sensationally morbid or disgusting acts, as biting off the head of a live chicken.
verb (used without object)
to be overexcited about a specialized subject or activity, or to talk about it with excessive enthusiasm (usually followed by out):
I could geek out about sci-fi for hours.
As far as I'm concerned they can both be used interchangeably and refer to a decent intellectual knowledge within a particular field, or a significant amount of time partaking in a particular activity...
Computer geek vs computer nerd
Anime geek vs anime nerd
Sci-fi geek vs sci-fi nerd
If the terms geek or nerd are used just on their own I think that I tend to see them both as meaning generally intelligent.
I think im like this third thing that exists, wonder what to call it?
what if you know your computer stuff but your style isnt geek and your so sexy girls lie about not having boyfriends at work and your from the country in the city and all you really care about is REVENGE?
EDIT: I just checked, im so damned sexy I might have to start its own thread.