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21st Mar '14 5:49:08 PM FastEddie
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The distinctions between "geek" and "nerd" are many and various - or maybe there aren't any distinctions at all. The meaning of both always depends on who is using the term.



Originally an ironic slur, the word was soon embraced by fans themselves, many of whom [[ProudToBeAGeek proudly label themselves as geeks]]. An example of the opposite is ClosetGeek, who is afraid of the label. This fear comes from the perception that geeks are nerdy, [[SicklyNeuroticGeek neurotic]], have [[GeekPhysiques bad physique]], got no life and never get a date, except with a GeekyTurnOn, or, rarely, when girls GiveGeeksAChance... Wait, aren't all those bad things concern goggle-wearing, ugly, asocial {{nerd}}s, but not our good, enthusiastic, erudite, convention-visiting, costume-playing and miniature-collecting geeks? They do. The distinctions between "geek" and "nerd" are many and various - or maybe there aren't any distinctions at all. The meaning of both always depends on who is using the term.



It should be borne in mind that the term "geek" originated in the US and is still considered something of a US cultural import in many places. While the terms "geek" and "nerd" are used in English-speaking countries outside of the US, they are generally used less, and with far less specificity and nuance - especially regarding the social and cultural aspects that tie in to specifically American culture.
22nd Jan '14 4:57:07 AM supergod
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Although recently the very word "geek" became increasingly associated with the fans of video games, TV shows and comic books, this doesn't exclude other fandoms and subspecialties. There are tech geeks. There are Fashion Geeks, people who know a lot about fashion and are pretty obsessed with it. A Fashion Nerd, in contrast, would be completely unaware that stripes and plaids are unmix-y, and wouldn't care, even if they're told why the two don't mix.

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Although recently the very word "geek" became increasingly associated with the fans of video games, TV shows and comic books, this doesn't exclude other fandoms and subspecialties. There are tech geeks. There are sports geeks. There are Fashion Geeks, people who know a lot about fashion and are pretty obsessed with it. A Fashion Nerd, in contrast, would be completely unaware that stripes and plaids are unmix-y, and wouldn't care, even if they're told why the two don't mix.
13th Aug '13 12:16:26 PM Cartomancer
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It should be borne in mind that the term "geek" originated in the US and is still considered something of a US cultural import in many places. While the terms "geek" and "nerd" are used in English-speaking countries outside of the US, they are generally used less, and with far less specificity and nuance - especially regarding the social and cultural aspects.

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It should be borne in mind that the term "geek" originated in the US and is still considered something of a US cultural import in many places. While the terms "geek" and "nerd" are used in English-speaking countries outside of the US, they are generally used less, and with far less specificity and nuance - especially regarding the social and cultural aspects.
aspects that tie in to specifically American culture.
13th Aug '13 12:14:25 PM Cartomancer
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It should be borne in mind that the term "geek" originated in the US and is still considered something of a US cultural import in many places. While the terms "geek" and "nerd" are used in English-speaking countries outside of the US, they are generally used less, and with far less specificity and nuance - especially regarding the social and cultural aspects.
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