questionswhat the difference between a nerd and a geek?

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How I've always drawn the line:

Geeks are people that a passionate about a subculture.

Nerds are those that excel at academic studies.

Please note: I still fall under both categories all these years later.

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I have heard 2 diffrent deffinitions.

1.
Nerd: Socialy Awkward
Geek: No Social Problems

2.
Nerd: Math & Science
Geek: Technology

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A nerd is anti-social and loves Calculus, Science and Straight A's: these are the things nerds are made of. They do enjoy a good calculator joke from time to time (6922251 x 8). Nerds are raw brain power at its finest.

A geek gets pretty solid B minus grades, but can repeat every line from Monty Python and the Holy Grail verbatim. Comic books, Dungeons & Dragons, Sci-Fi, Cosplay: these are things geeks are made of. Geeks may not be as smart as nerds but make up for it with a smattering of social skills and an impressive memory of pop culture facts.

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Reading these comments reminded me that it's been many years since I've watched "Revenge of the Nerds". Go Netflix!!

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Nerds are socially awkward smart people. It doesn't matter about the subject, as you could have a sports nerd, for example. Geeks are just people who are several steps away from being fanatical about a subject.

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A Simpson Example:

nerd: Milhouse Van Houten
geek: Martin Prince or Lisa Simpson

I believe Milhouse once said: "A nerd can count, but a geek can dream."

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short answer (and yes I am a geek)...

Nerds = Good at math/build rockets/wear pocket protectors
Geeks = Awesome at everything

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Geeks pick their noses...nerds design a machine that does it for them.

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@coolphilip04: thanks for correction! i guess i am not good at math.

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"geek" used to refer to carnival freaks, like the bearded woman, the guy who drives nails into his face, and bobby the dog boy.

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This place is a (4656170.1 / .15)!

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Geek= the guy at the freak show who bites heads off chickens
Dork= Whale's penis
Nerd= Stupid or crazy person, came from Dr. Suess...

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my husband and I differ on this topic often. seriously, given that we both fall into the nerdy/geeky category in different ways. we both agree that I'm a nerd and he's a geek, at least to some extent.

My thoughts:
nerd: likes "nerdy, geeky" things.
geek: likes "nerdy, geeky" things, has issues when dealing with people.

My husband's thoughts:
nerd: likes "smart" things, is good at school/tests.
geek: likes "nerdy, geeky" things.

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Well I could tell you but it's on a nerd to know basis.

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@apathynow has the original meanings pretty well covered, but language evolves.

These days:
A Geek is a person with a very strong interest in a very specific area (e.g. Trekkies, Gleeks, or Twihards)
A Nerd is less fully defined, but tends to be interested in broader fields (math, physics, etc.) and is much more likely to be quite intelligent.

Also, I think the meanings cut off at some point. I don't think I would describe Einstein or Feynman as a physics nerd. It would be foolish. Likewise decsribing JK Rowling as a Harry Potter geek would just be silly.