Saturday, June 29, 2013

Are you a Geek or a Nerd?

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? 


  1. Gee...I guess it depends. I kind of pride myself on being a geek and a nerd interchangeably. LOL! I didn't know there was a difference until today.
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  2. I am more nerdy than geeky but some of the words apply. Love this post!


  3. I've always considered myself a "dork." Wonder where that falls?


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