Can someone define the terms geek and nerd ?

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asked Jun 8, 2010 by Pamela (186 points)
Please define what a Geeks is? Define what a Nerds is. Are Geeks and Nerds the same thing? But if the two terms have different meaning then could you be one and not the other, like Nerdy Geek?
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answered Jun 8, 2010 by AndrewFtNguyen (7,666 points)
From the Jargon File entry for "geek":

"A person who has chosen concentration rather than conformity; one who pursues skill (especially technical skill) and imagination, not mainstream social acceptance. Geeks usually have a strong case of neophilia. Most geeks are adept with computers and treat hacker as a term of respect, but not all are hackers themselves - and some who are in fact hackers normally call themselves geeks anyway, because they (quite properly) regard `hacker' as a label that should be bestowed by others rather than self-assumed."

From the Jargon File entry for "nerd":

"Pejorative applied to anyone with an above-average IQ and few gifts at small talk and ordinary social rituals."
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answered Jun 8, 2010 by chadt4 (12,475 points)
> The word geek is a slang term, noting
> individuals as "a peculiar or
> otherwise odd person, especially one
> who is perceived to be overly obsessed
> with one or more things including
> those of intellectuality, electronics,
> etc." Formerly, the term referred to a
> carnival performer often billed as a
> wild man whose act usually includes
> biting the head off a live chicken,
> bat, snake or bugs. The 1976 edition
> of the American Heritage Dictionary
> included only the definition regarding
> geek shows. This word comes from
> English dialect geek, geck: fool,
> freak; from Low German geck, from
> Middle Low German. The root geck still
> survives in Dutch gek: crazy, and in
> the Alsatian word Gickeleshut: geek's
> hat, used in carnivals.
> Nerd is a term, often bearing a
> derogatory connotation or stereotype,
> that refers to a person who avidly
> pursues intellectual activities,
> technical or scientific endeavours,
> esoteric knowledge, or other obscure
> interests that are unusual for one's
> age, rather than engaging in more
> social or conventional activities. The
> nerd may be awkward, shy and
> unattractive.Therefore, a nerd is
> often excluded from physical activity
> and considered a loner by peers, or
> will tend to associate with
> like-minded people.

(Source: Wikipedia)
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