I love this post so much. Nerds unite!
…Though I might fall into the Dork category from the venn diagram.
Venn diagram from Yashodhan Talwar on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/yat86/4889135495/in/gallery-platoisboring-72157628749052997/
To me, the words “nerd” or “geek” have always had negative connotations. It was never a compliment, a personality quirk to be praised: no-one ever said “I wish I was as nerdy as you” or looked for a nerdy person to befriend. To most people, they both mean the same thing: someone unlikeable, unpopular and strange, often someone very intelligent, and with unusual interests. “You’re a nerd” was a rock kids would hurl at you in the playground if you did “too well” in a test, or if you read books in your break time and put your hand up in class too often. It was the reason you ate alone, and had no partner in physical education lessons. There is even a Wikihow page for “How to do well in school without being recognised as a nerd”. All the signs point to how wrong…
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