Ah the age old question. Way more profound than that chicken and egg nonsense. The problem with answering this question is both words have developed multiple meanings over time. We’re going to have dig deep folks. Let’s have a look.
According to wikipedia, nerd has a few conflicting origins. The most plausible one is it’s an alteration of a word from the forties, nert, meaning a stupid or crazy person. The other possibilities are interesting (drunk spelled backwards, “knurd”, someone who’d rather study than party) but the take home message is nerds are not normal.
Now geek has more definitive origins coming from the word “geck”, which in some countries is still understood as a crazy person. It also was used to describe the carnival performers doing what most find too intense or gross. Steve-O from Jackass could classified as geek.
I surfed around other places google took me, but it all came back to the same thing; geeks and nerds are not normal.
Well good. Great in fact.
I think we all come out of the womb with this trait to look at the world in a slightly different way than anyone else. Although it’s common to wish everyone thought the way we did when we’re frustrated, that’s a scary prospect. Imagine life without that guy who lives on the computer because he loves learning about programs and code. What sorts of movies or books would we have without those folks living in their imaginations more than the real world? How different would the world be if it was populated with “normals”?
Nerd or geek? Who cares? Embrace you’re passion, be who you are and show the world what you can do.
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