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In the ongoing battle between geek and nerd, one must take sides, but how can this be done without a solid argument for both personas? We here at Masters In IT (a mix of nerds and geeks) decided that it's time to lay all the cards on the table to determine which is better and answer the question some fear to know: Are you a geek, or a nerd?
The terms geek and nerd may sometimes seem synonymous, but they have very different roots in history:
Nerd: This term was coined from Dr. Seuss in 1954 in a line that read "A nerkle, a nerd, and a seersucker too!" - So really nerkle and seersucker are synonymous with nerd
Geek: While used as a derogatory term originally, the word "geek" gained popularity in the circus. Circus performers that performed amazing feats were Geeks
Likely nerd jobs:
You know you're talking to a nerd when they insert obscure references into a sentence:
"There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who don't."
"I would love to change the world, but they won't give me the source code."
"The box said 'Requires Windows 95 or better' so I installed LINUX."
Nerd Love: nerds marry other nerds, it's the natural state of the universe."
Likely geek jobs:
You know you're talking to a geek when they remind you of their "hip" lifestyle by discussing their "cool" habits or dropping pop culture references:
"There's nothing like kicking it to some crunchy bass while enjoying a good Malbec"
"60% of the time it works all the time"
[while pulling out their iPhone] "Let me pull out my pocket iPad"
Geek Love: geeks can fall for and marry non-geeks