I was actually inspired to ask the following question by a TV commercial I saw once a few years back. It was for a home computer, I believe. And the spokesman said proudly he was a geek, not a nerd. And geeks “get things done” he said.
Is there a difference between the terms “nerd” and “geek”. (This is purely a question about definitions. I don’t want this to turn into a discussion of which group is better.)
Yes, I did look in my unabridged dictionary. And it wasn’t much help. We all know what a nerd is (basically) I think. They are bookish and introverted. But in the etymology, it said it was rhyming slang for “turd”. What does that mean?
Geek apparently once meant a freak, a side show. Again, what on earth could that mean for its modern definition?
This is a serious question. I am not drunk or high as I type this†. And as I said, I want a solid definition, of the differences between the terms. Nothing more.
†I’ve never taken illegal drugs anyways, although I do imbibe. And as I said, that has nothing to do with my question. So no sarcasm, please:).