Friday, July 1, 2011

Nerd vs. Dork vs. Geek

I went out to dinner last night with my husband and several of his co-workers (all electrical engineers) and my husband tells our dinner companions that he likes classifying everyone at work under three categories: Nerds, Dorks, Geeks. He then proceeded to inform everyone at the table where they fell. (He, of course, is the rare exception among engineers and claims that he does not fall under any of the three).

So, being engineers, they couldn't just leave it at that. They had to define what made a nerd vs. a dork vs. a geek.

Since the other popular topic at dinner that night was robots (I know, robots, but my husband had to go to a writers' award gala with me and listen to writing talk all night long, so it was only fair) so they decided to define nerds/dorks/geeks in terms of robots. Here was my interpretation of what they said:

Nerds would build a simulated robot.
Geeks would build an actual robot.
Dorks would dance like a robot.

I have always considered myself a nerd, so I didn't like this definition of nerd (because I had to ask my husband what a simulated robot even was) so I have to add that I think a nerd would READ about robots, too.

And even though robots are not my reading topic of choice, I will read about almost anything else, so I am a nerd.

Do you consider yourself a nerd, a dork, or a geek? (Or are you the "rare" exception like my husband seems to think he is?)

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  1. Definitely a nerd. Yup. That's me.

  2. My husband and I are wiping tears. One of these days we'll SO have to get our families together. I predict hilarity.

    I read it out loud and by the time we got to dance like a robot, I could barely speak and he was doubled over in the kitchen.

    So, thanks for that.

    And yes, I'm a total book nerd.

    Also, what the heck is a simulated robot?

  3. LOL! Loved this post, Kaylee. Thanks for making me smile, and for telling me about Jolene. Your turn next! :)

  4. Okay, I asked my husband what a simulated robot is, and he said, "a robot you control on the computer."

  5. I'd like to pretend I'm a nerd, but robots is such a boring topic, I'm gonna have to go with dork! haha

    Oh, and CW adds "I like to blow up robots, so what does that make me?"

  6. This fits where I work perfectly. Especially the robots. So the computer engineers are nerds, the electricals and mechanicals are geeks, and--uh, I'm the tech writer.

    (I know the original meaning of dork, and would never call myself one. But dance? Maybe.)

  7. Uh... I'm a dork. :P But only this meaning of dork. He he.

  8. I guess I'm a dork since I (jokingly) danced the robot last night.

    Hmm . . . my whole world has been turned upside down thinking I was a nerd all these years.

    Seth would say he doesn't fit into any of those categories even though he hangs out with those types all day.


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