Geek vs. Nerd

I don’t know why but i feel quite uncomfortable when the term “geek” is being overused or misused. Geek is not all the time purely about computer, technology, web or technical stuff. If this is the perception, why ain’t engineers be classified as geeks?

A geek to me is more of “a person heavily interested in a hobby” so with this definition, if you spend hours to talk to me about anything you are really knowledgeable of, no matter what the topic is which can be about anything under the sun such as: plants, cats, advertising, marketing or even soft-skill related topics such as networking, time management … i would think of you as a geek.

No offense to anyone. Peace!


The word geek is a slang term for odd or non-mainstream people, with different connotations ranging from “a computer expert or enthusiast” to “a person heavily interested in a hobby”, with a general pejorative meaning of “a peculiar or otherwise dislikable person, esp[ecially] one who is perceived to be overly intellectual”.

Although often considered as a pejorative, the term is also often used self-referentially without malice or as a source of pride.


A nerd (adjective: nerdy) is a person, typically described as being overly intellectual, obsessive, or socially impaired. They may spend inordinate amounts of time on unpopular, obscure, or non-mainstream activities, which are generally either highly technical or relating to topics of fiction or fantasy, to the exclusion of more mainstream activities. Additionally, many nerds are described as being shy, quirky, and unattractive and may have difficulty participating in, or even following, sports. “Nerd” is a derogatory, stereotypical term, but as with other pejoratives, it has been reclaimed and redefined by some as a term of pride and group identity.


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