July 13 is the day to celebrate being a geek. The first question I asked myself about this day, is “What is the difference between a geek and a nerd?” A Web search told me that different people define them differently – in fact, what one site calls a nerd, the next site calls a geek. So feel free to call yourself whichever one fits your fancy. There does seem to be some consensus that a geek is more academically inclined, but it seems to be a distinction without a difference.
We often think of geeks as anti-social, or socially inept, interested in esoteric subjects, loners, and other unflattering descriptions. But the truth is, though those we usually think of as geeks or nerds are likely intelligent – one definition I read is “one whose IQ exceeds his or her weight” – anyone can be interested and enthusiastic about a particular subject. So we have computer geeks, but we also have sports geeks, wine geeks, or mystery geeks. As those who have read my blogs regularly know, I am a Doctor Who geek. If I meet someone remotely interested in the show, I can talk and talk for hours, though as a rule, I am pretty quiet in company.
So what are the benefits of being a geek or a nerd? They are often creative and inventive. One tongue in cheek definition is “a four-letter word, but a six-figure income,” referring to such folks as Bill Gates. Geeks have a great time when they get together with others of their fandom. If you ever want to see that in action, go to the big San Diego Comic Con, which celebrates many of the worlds of geeks. Or observe a group watching the Super Bowl. They are every bit as enthusiastic as those of us who are into more fantasy or science related geekdom. In many ways, being a geek or nerd gives us a family. I interact with other Doctor Who fans all across the world via social media.
So wherever your enthusiasm lies, today is the day to celebrate it. Embrace your inner geek and let your enthusiasm show.
Quotes about geeks and nerds
Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.–Bill Gates
So you’re a little weird? Work it! Different? Own it! Better to be a nerd than one of the herd!–Mandy Hale
Everyone’s a nerd inside. I don’t care how cool you are.–Channing Tatum
Nerd. One whose unbridled passion for something defines who they are as a person, without fear of other people’s judgment.–Zachary Levi
In Europe they call geeks ‘smart people,’ and frankly I think we live in a culture that doesn’t value intelligence enough; so I am very proud in saying that I am a geek.–James Marsters
Being a geek is a great thing. I think we’re all geeks. Being a geek means you’re passionate about something and that defines your uniqueness. I would rather be passionate about something than be apathetic about everything.–Masi Oka
Why is being a nerd bad? Saying I notice you’re a nerd is like saying, ‘Hey, I notice that you’d rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you’d rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Linsey Lohan.–John Green
When I was a kid, it was a huge insult to be a geek. Now it’s a point of pride in a weird way.–J. J. Abrams
Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. … Being a geek is extremely liberating.–Simon Pegg
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