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08/18/16 11:10 am

To me, nerd is more academics and comic books and stuff. and geek is like technology, electronics...

ladyniner81 I need chocolate
08/18/16 10:47 am

A nerd is into science and smart at math. a geek is someone who's into comic books and computers. Now where do dorks fit in?

08/18/16 2:18 pm

Into fantasy and role playing dungeons and dragons. Hence the term Orc-dork

noneoftheabove South Mitten
08/18/16 6:54 am

Band = geek.
Computers = nerd.

Proud to be a geek.

kywrite augusta, ga
08/18/16 4:48 am

Geeks can geek out about a wide variety of things, usually pop culture and entertainment (band geek, theater geek). Nerds are a semi-convergent subset that geek out over more academic and, frankly, useful things like math or literature. Geek is also more outgoing and social, whereas nerds tend toward introversion.

I'm a SF geek and a literature nerd.

L1B3RTAR1AN Virginia
08/17/16 9:24 pm

Geeks are smart, nerds are smart.
Geeks are traditionally fashionable and very much into pop culture.
Nerds are don't necessarily care for fashion and have little interest in pop culture stuff.
I'd say geeks are more extroverts while nerds are more introverted.
But of course, like anything there's its spectrum.

lcamino Florida and Georgia
08/17/16 7:34 pm

I think of geeks being smart - like computer geeks.

xxxceo Nationalist
08/17/16 4:31 pm

I'm so confused. Where do dorks and dweebs fit in to the picture?

L1B3RTAR1AN Virginia
08/17/16 9:31 pm

Hahaha. We need a spectrum chart for this. I'd say dorks and dweebs are not necessarily smart like geeks and nerds and have a high weird factor. This could be something weird that they do or just their weird personality. Dorks are traditionally not as smart as dweebs, while dweebs are not as smart as geeks and nerds.

CTYankee!!! Connecticut
08/17/16 3:33 pm

No. Nerds will be successful in life upon graduation whereas geeks will be dressing up for comic-con

cynthisa Heartland U.S.A.
08/17/16 9:20 pm

PERFECT answer!!! πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†

kywrite augusta, ga
08/18/16 4:49 am

Most nerds I know are also geeks. The Big Bang Theory is for real.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
08/17/16 1:40 pm

The only thing even remotely similar between them is the "e" in the number two position.

SHIPPY1944 Tn.
08/17/16 11:51 am

😜A geek bites the heads off chickens for fun. πŸ€“A nerd bites the erasers off his lead pencils, for stress relief, while writing equations & essaysπŸ˜‚

CutCopy Wedding
08/17/16 10:09 am

I think I'm both. That's why I became a physician lol.

bluefish empiricism and love
08/17/16 9:51 am

I think the popularity of computers is what changed the definitions

08/17/16 8:41 am

Geek is weird, nerd is smart

ccc1 Georgia
08/17/16 9:14 am

I thought it was the other way around. At least it is where I come from. Geeks are the ones who know everything while nerds are the ones who are just awkward

08/17/16 9:30 am

Maybe it depends where you are. The way I look at it is that the geeks are just weird people and nerds are smart and do tend to be socially awkward, but they aren't complete weirdos

lcamino Florida and Georgia
08/17/16 7:36 pm

I put just the opposite. Maybe they are the same πŸ€”

ItsAMeABree probably at a piano
08/17/16 8:40 am

"The fact that you don't know the difference means you are neither."

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
08/17/16 7:40 am

Incorrect. I am a proud nerd but don't you dare call me a geek 😑

SOHJesus Amarillo
08/17/16 8:11 am

Like Revenge of the Nerds type of nerd?

bluefish empiricism and love
08/17/16 7:00 am

A nerd is into something academic, usually computers. A geek is into something non-technical. Both are supposed to lack social skills, but the definition is changing.

bluefish empiricism and love
08/17/16 7:07 am

I think part of the problem is that the definitions change depending on whether the words are alone or attached to a subject - ie a "nerd" may like physics and computers but a "Harry Potter nerd" obviously loves Harry Potter.

DoctorWasdarb Marxist Leninist Maoist
08/17/16 10:03 am

I would say Harry potter geek, and while I agree with saying physics nerd, I've heard physics geek too.

suppressedID suck it Kyle
08/17/16 6:51 am

For those who can't tell the difference, there are way more divisions than that. Wake up.

Don't be Ed Rooney!

Nationalist Defend Liberty
08/17/16 6:24 am

Nerds are usually intelligent beta males who invent or design something, become rich, and end up with hot ass trophy wives. Geeks are usually gamers who walk around in My Little Pony outfits at conventions.

kywrite augusta, ga
08/18/16 4:51 am

I'm a girl nerd - does that mean I have a trophy husband?

phalnx Ohio
08/17/16 6:22 am

Geek means a different thing now than it did before the rise of computer culture. Geeks fix hardware stuff and wear trendy metrosexual clothing, nerds tape their damn glasses and laugh like hyenas.

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
08/17/16 6:05 am

No, I think most if not all of us have a bit of geek inside, but a nerd is a very different thing.

08/17/16 6:05 am

Nerd: 1.
a person considered to be socially awkward, boring, unstylish, etc.
an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit:


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.

Debate complete

bluefish empiricism and love
08/17/16 7:03 am

Googling the definitions USA giving me the exact opposite. I think the definition is changing...

Congressman Louisiana
08/17/16 5:59 am

I remember being that when it wasn't cool......

valeriejo ramble on
08/17/16 5:47 am

A geek is someone who's socially awkward but very smart. A nerd is someone who's really into some specific topic, book or series. I'm a game of thrones and Harry Potter nerd but I'm not really geek 😜

TheSocialist INTJ
08/17/16 5:42 am

ABSOLUTELY NOT! I would know because I am both. A nerd is one of those people who is obsessed with something like Lord of the Rings or Dungeons & Dragons. A geek is someone who spends all their free time doing math problems.

TheSocialist INTJ
08/17/16 5:45 am

It's generally science fiction or roleplaying for nerds, other obsessions indicate loser-ness or geek-ness.

kywrite augusta, ga
08/18/16 9:36 am

I'm getting the idea that you are obsessed with D&D and LotR. You can come sit by me if you like. πŸ€“

Ever play MERP?

TheSocialist INTJ
08/18/16 2:48 pm

I don't know the acronym, but maybe.

kywrite augusta, ga
08/18/16 10:51 pm

Middle Earth Roleplaying - built on a dumbed-down Rolemaster framework. Complicated and weird, but beautifully detailed. One of the few games for which I bought every single supplement.

TheSocialist INTJ
08/19/16 2:28 am

I haven't played it, by "dumbed down" do you mean simpler than D&D? Also, I don't really play D&D, it is actually PFRPG.

kywrite augusta, ga
08/19/16 6:53 am

Oh, gosh, no. Imagine D&D designed by control freaks and you have Rolemaster; MERP is simpler than that, but more mathy than D&D. I dumbed that down when running the game, but loved it for the beautifully researched details.

And not that much diff between PF and D&D - I always view PF as the libertarian version. We do 3.5 as a family game these days. Used it as therapy for my autistic son. Worked great!

TheSocialist INTJ
08/20/16 7:14 am

It seems 4e and 5e have simplified D&D, which is why I prefer 3.5e/PF(which is actually just a modification of 3.5). I'll look into MERP too.

Korosensei Maine
08/17/16 5:35 am

Nerd is a subset of geek. A geek is someone who is obsessive about a topic and has memorized a bun hog useless trivia regarding it that topic can be anything from anime to comics to wrestling to Star Wars to football. A Nerd is a math or science geek.

TheSocialist INTJ
08/17/16 5:41 am

Other way around.

kywrite augusta, ga
08/18/16 4:53 am

No, Koro has it exactly right. I've been both to varying degrees for nearly fifty years now.

TheSocialist INTJ
08/18/16 5:16 am

You may be right actually, but there is a category for Lord of the Rings geeks that is separate.

kywrite augusta, ga
08/18/16 9:33 am

Can't agree with that either. I've been a LotR nerd AND geek since I read it 9 times in a row in 6th grade. Obsessed ever since.

kywrite augusta, ga
08/18/16 10:55 pm

I read Tolkien for literary value, love reading criticism and interpretation of the story and world framework as well as his essays like On Fairy Stories. Meta stuff rather than culture geekery, though I love both. Huge fan of the Tolkien Professor.

Tolkien is my benchmark for how to build a fantasy world. One day I'll get there.

lizardlipsohio The TARDIS
08/17/16 5:31 am

"Nerd" refers to the technical side-Programmers, trivial knowledge, people like that. "Geek" refers to the physical side-Computer Builders, Cosplayers, and those people. Really, it's a thin line between them, but it's still there.

gonzoboy Arizona
08/17/16 5:30 am

I say "No", only because I don't believe one automatically = the other, simply by default. I must say, though, there's certainly a soft spot in my heart for walking reference manuals!πŸ€“

08/17/16 5:29 am

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Loxx I Love Foxes
08/17/16 5:26 am

One is more into academics while the other is into things like anime, comics, furries, card games, etc

makem Chinese Xinjiang Camp
08/17/16 5:13 am

Nope. I have found the biggest difference between them is actually a subtle one. It is a difference in the amount of obscure references that are made by the person. It may sound silly, but I've found it holds true in about 90% of the people I've met that are Nerds or geeks. On another note, I've also found 2 people who can only be described as Nerds and geeks combined.

makem Chinese Xinjiang Camp
08/17/16 5:14 am

Being one, or the other, or both is not a bad thing on its own. It only becomes negative if you go way over the line with it.

Carcano Luke 10 19
08/17/16 5:07 am

A geek is someone who is knowledgable about a subject where a nerd is a loser.