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hmmmm

Post 1

Bina-baby: Thingite grand-high publicist & Prof of purpology (h2g2 uni of mice)

so where do the words 'nerd' and 'geek' fit into this?


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Post 2

Pete, never to have a time-specific nick again (Keeper of Disambiguating Semicolons) - Born in the Year of the Lab Rat

A nerd is someone with little or no social skill. Not all nerds are *computer* nerds - the original nerds, and still a significant proportion, are scientists. ('Nerds' is also a brand nome for a type of sweet, but that has nothing to do with the other meaning.)

A geek was originally a circus performer who bit off the heads of living animals. How this got mutated into a term meaning someone who, in the words of ESR, "has chosen concentration rather than conformity", I'm not sure.

I suppose the difference is that nerds aren't sociable because they find it hard, whereas geeks aren't sociable because they don't want to be.


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Post 3

Bina-baby: Thingite grand-high publicist & Prof of purpology (h2g2 uni of mice)

Thanx for clearing that up Pete (which college?).
Where d'you get all this info from? (or are you secrectly a geek...?)
b-b smiley - smiley


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Post 4

Pete, never to have a time-specific nick again (Keeper of Disambiguating Semicolons) - Born in the Year of the Lab Rat

Hey, look at my Personal Space! I'm not *secretly* a geek!

Though by this definition, I'm not. I don't *want* to be a social misfit...

Oh, and I didn't answer the question fully:

Hackers can be nerds or geeks, or both, or neither. See the section entitled "The Hacker-Nerd Connection" in ESR's article "How To Become A Hacker".

(PS: ESR is Eric Steven Raymond, author of "The Cathedral and the Bazaar", maintainer of the Jargon File, and author of many, many HOWTOs. See link 1, part 2 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/h2g2/guide/A523766)


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