This week, I want to take a look at what it means to be a nerd.

Believe it or not, there’s lots of different kinds of nerds, lots of different meanings behind the word itself.

To name a few:

  • An intelligent but single-minded expert in a particular technical field or profession
  • Nerd is a term often bearing a derogatory connotation or stereotype, that refers to a person who passionately pursues intellectual activities, esoteric knowledge, or other obscure interests that are age-inappropriate rather than engaging in more social or popular activities
  • A person who, although having good technical or scientific skills, is introspective and generally introverted
  • A form of candy currently sold by Nestlé under their Willy Wonka Candy Company brand

Of all of these, I think I like the first the best.

I’m a nerd.  Actually, I’m a nerd about a lot of things when I get to thinking about it.  Stuff like:

  1. comic books
  2. video games
  3. technology
  4. computers
  5. gadgets
  6. science fiction (books, movies, games)
  7. fantasy (books, movies, games)
  8. star wars (cuz it deserves it’s own shout out)
  9. star trek (also cuz it deserves it’s own shout out)
  10. the blues

Not a bad list, really.

What’s this nerd talk all about?  Well, you’ll have to stay tuned the rest of the week to find that out.



  • farfetched58 Posted March 16, 2010 8:25 pm

    To me, that's the definition of a geek. A nerd is someone who has the potential to be a geek, but not the knowledge. Daughter Dearest's last boyfriend was a nerd in that respect. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to have the ambition to step up to geekdom. To be a geek is to want to improve things, including (and especially) oneself.

  • jerseygator Posted March 17, 2010 3:05 am

    My daughter and I had an intense conversation regarding nerd, geek and dork yesterday (yes, I know that places both of us squarely in one of those camps, just by definition. Here's what we came up with: (1) A geek is someone who is intensely interested in esoteric things such as sci-fi, fantasy, techno-gadgets, comic books, etc., but can still fit in to a non-geek social situation. (2) A nerd is someone who is a geek but with fewer social skills, and (3) a dork is a nerd with no social skills whatsoever. Geeks are usually pretty fun to be around, nerds can be too annoying, and no one hangs around dorks.

  • CliftonHill Posted March 30, 2010 7:10 pm

    Seems like a pretty good nerdly list. I've never taken to Blues though, but I won't hold it against you. 😉

    • atfmb Posted March 30, 2010 7:30 pm

      OK, next time you're in Denver, I'm gonna teach you about The Blues. Once it gets into your soul, it won't let go. 😉


  • CliftonHill Posted March 31, 2010 4:56 am

    Deal! But, I've got no plans to make a trip to Colorado any time soon, so don't hold your breath. Barring a wonderful job offer of course (hint, hint).

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