It’s certainly one of life’s two-part burning questions: What’s the difference between a geek, nerd, dork, and dweeb?* And–for the love of Pete–is there an elegantly clear and simple Venn diagram that can explain that difference?
(Haha, just kidding… no one says “dweeb” unless they’re starring in a stage production of Grease or they’re a linguist with a unruly fixation on baby boomer slang.)
Keen to dive deeper into the differences between nerds, geeks, and dorks? I recommend checking out The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth, in which the author uses social experiments to explain the science and psychology behind popularity, outcast-hood, and the things that make us stand out later in life.
So good. It’s a GoodReads “Best Nonfiction Book of the Year”!
To all of you nerds and geeks who–like me–have been unfairly and inaccurately labeled “dorks,” only to then exhaustively explain the differences among the three to a more-than-skeptical offender, I say:
You’re welcome. This handy geek/nerd/dork/dweeb Venn diagram should save you a lot of time and frustration in the future.
To those of you who have been called “dweebs,” I say:
Stop hanging out with people from the 1950s.
Via Matthew at Sed Contra, who will see you at the intersection of Blogging and Things that Have Latin Names.