Do you consider yourself a GEEK? How about a NERD? While both signal an intense devotion to a particular subject, there are some fine shades of difference between the two words:
Geeks = stuff They're "collection oriented" and enthusiasts of a topic.
Nerds = ideas They're "achievement oriented" and more intellectual practitioners of a topic.
Burr Settles analyzed over 2.6 million tweets to evaluate what words were paired most often with "geek" and "nerd". Here are the lovely results:
(You can read the author's original analysis in all its statistical wonder here.)
These are some words indicating I'm a NERD:
- teacher, books, Star Trek, reading, bookworm, Atari, vocabulary
But these words might make me a GEEK:
- blog, podcast, ipod, Apple, Whedon, Star Wars, film
Overall....since I am definitely not into collecting stuff - and care more about ideas - I think I'm slightly on the nerd side.
And you? Are you more geeky or more nerdy?