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General Chat Thread, Are 'geek' and 'nerd' now positive terms? in General; Originally Posted by localzuk Which word? Perjorative? Couldn't think of a way to include it. Don't worry Wikipedia have done ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Which word? Perjorative? Couldn't think of a way to include it.
    Don't worry Wikipedia have done it for you:

    Link: Geek - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The word geek is a slang term for odd or non-mainstream people, with different connotations ranging from "a computer expert or enthusiast" to "a person heavily interested in a hobby", with a general pejorative meaning of "a peculiar or otherwise dislikable person, esp[ecially] one who is perceived to be overly intellectual".

    Although often considered as a pejorative, the term is also often used self-referentially without malice or as a source of pride.

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    I've always used the following:
    Nerd : A person who is obsessively knowledge about a subject or range of subjects
    Geek : A nerd with social skills
    Technically, it would mean that good teachers are also geeks ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    I've always used the following:

    Nerd : A person who is obsessively knowledge about a subject or range of subjects
    Geek : A nerd with social skills
    While claiming to be a Geek and not a nerd, I defined it to my wife as : A nerd will tell you everything about a particular model of train, including details of a particularly 'interesting' journey in 1938, what the weather was like, the actual serial number of the train and the scratch down the left hand side caused by a minor shunting accident in the basinstoke yards the year before when Mr Tim Sandman was the driver, but was distracted by a Pacific coming off the wrong turntable exit blah blah blah ... A geek will just build you a full sized replica of the train.

    She pointed out that drawing a distinction was Nerdy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    I've always used the following:


    Technically, it would mean that good teachers are also geeks ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bossman View Post
    @all:

    It's now defined as it's "Sheik to be a Geek!!"
    @bossman I think you mean "Chic to be a Geek" MLNM - some of us geeks can spell!
    I am happy to be a geek but not a nerd

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    Ha Ha, My first though when a saw this thread...

    A "Geek Pride" event. We can march through London in our Star Trek uniforms or Think Geek T-Shirts...
    We have one of them, its called BETT where we all en-mass march down streets in our geek wear and take over restaurants with enthusiastic Italian owners

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    @bossman I think you mean "Chic to be a Geek" MLNM - some of us geeks can spell!
    I am happy to be a geek but not a nerd
    No I meant what I said as "Chic" doesn't ryme as well as "Sheik" and I would rather be a wealthy "Sheik" than something that is otherwise a misspelling or mispronunciation in real terms.

    I wouldn't claim to be as pedantic as some people because they may feel they are better educated or even superior to others.................like teachers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossman View Post
    No I meant what I said as "Chic" doesn't rhyme as well as "Sheik"
    Yeah, it does, sweetie - it is pronounced "Sheek" not "Chick"
    I'm a pedantic geek and proud of it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LosOjos View Post
    I believe you can be a geek or nerd in practically any field you are interested in.
    The best example of which I've ever come accross had to be someone who, as an Aikido uchi-deshi (live-in, full-time martial arts student) described themselves as an "Aikido geek".

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    Leonard Hofstadter just declared himself 'The King of Nerds' [The Big Bang Theory: E4: 18:30 - 19:00]

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    Pfft, geek, nerd, they're all just vague terms diluted to the point they can mean whatever they need to. Me, I'm different, just like everybody else

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    I'm proud to be a geek, always preferred the term to the other more "PC" ones used like "wizz kid" and "tech wizard"

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiamH View Post
    "tech wizard"
    You shall not parse!


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    There is a "Geek Hierarchy" [apparently?]


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