For a long while now, I’ve been pretty liberal about swinging my sarcasm stick at unwitting and mostly-defenseless nerds. My (admittedly-flimsy) defense against charges of hypocrisy has been that I am much more geek than nerd. Today, I put that position to the test, and I’m glad to say that–while my confidence has been shaken, slightly–I have been affirmed. I am only “lightly nerdy”. A healthy 59% of the population enjoys graphing calculators more than I do.
Click on the score to take the test yourself. Let me know if you beat my score. You know… so I can feel better about myself and have someone to poke fun at.
UPDATE: Reader Nickolai pointed me to the THE NERD? GEEK? OR DORK? TEST. I wish he hadn’t. The results accuse me of being a “modern, cool nerd,” in spite of my geek score outweighing my nerd score (56% Nerd, 60% Geek, 13% Dork). Sigh. Stupid, broken tests! Oh, well… at least I’m not a dork.
For The Record:
A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
You scored better than half in Nerd and Geek, earning you the title of: Modern, Cool Nerd.
Nerds didn’t use to be cool, but in the 90’s that all changed. It used to be that, if you were a computer expert, you had to wear plaid or a pocket protector or suspenders or something that announced to the world that you couldn’t quite fit in. Not anymore. Now, the intelligent and geeky have eked out for themselves a modicum of respect at the very least, and “geek is chic.” The Modern, Cool Nerd is intelligent, knowledgable and always the person to call in a crisis (needing computer advice/an arcane bit of trivia knowledge). They are the one you want as your lifeline in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (or the one up there, winning the million bucks)!