Geek vs. Nerd: What’s the Difference?

The words “geek” and “nerd” are often used interchangeably. But what’s the difference? Would the movie Revenge of the Nerds be the same if it had been called Revenge of the Geeks? Probably not, because “nerd” traditionally describes someone of high intellect (who probably carries a TI calculator in her pocket) while a geek is a gamer/sci-fi/fantasy connoisseur (who probably wears ironic tee shirts). Not sure if you’re a geek or a nerd? Here’s some word association to help you tell the difference. Match the image that you think best describes the word:

1. Transformer:

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GEEK

gridcon429 

NERD

2. Android

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GEEK

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NERD

3. One Billion Watts

GEEK

gigs429 

NERD

4. Communicator

communicator429

GEEK

commphone429

NERD

5. K9 Rover

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GEEK

k9rover429 

NERD


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Desirée Proctor

Hello, fellow nerdlings! I'm Desirée, a freelance writer who specializes in all things geek chic. When I'm not waiting in lines for hours at Disneyland, or waiting in lines for hours at Comic Con, you can generally find me waiting in lines of traffic for hours on Los Angeles freeways. Please follow me on Twitter @desire_yay.

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