This Proves I’m A Nerd

by Sherry Riter in Different

I actually looked up the definition of “nerd” and I am totally laughing out loud as I am comparing it to me.

Wikipedia states:

    Nerd is a term often bearing a derogatory connotation or stereotype, that refers to a person who passionately pursues intellectual activities, esoteric knowledge, or other obscure interests rather than engaging in more social or popular activities. Therefore, a nerd is often excluded from physical activity and considered a loner by peers or will tend to associate with like-minded people.

So I kept reading…

    The stereotypical nerd is intelligent but socially and physically awkward.

I used to be very socially awkward, but I don’t really have that problem any more. The physically awkward part unfortunately is true and will always be true. I simply run into things, fall, and break stuff constantly. Did you just decide that you won’t ever invite me over to your house? That’s okay. I’m amazed that my mother still lets me come over considering the amount of glue that holds her knick knacks together.

    Some measure of nerdiness is widely considered desirable, because it suggests a person who is intelligent, respectful, interesting, and able to earn a large salary. This is largely attributable to the rise of the computer industry, which has allowed many “nerdy” people (most notably Bill Gates) to accumulate large fortunes and other measures of social prestige.

Whoa there! I was starting to really feel great about myself until I got to the “earn a large salary” part. Maybe I’m not a good nerd after all…LOL.

    The popular computer-news website Slashdot uses the tagline “News for nerds. Stuff that matters.”

I have a subscription to Slashdot and it is really interesting stuff! I don’t think that only nerds enjoy it…Right?

    The Charles J. Sykes quote “Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one” has been popularized on the Internet and incorrectly attributed to Bill Gates.

This can basically be summed up as Nerds Rule!

This whole “nerd” train of thought started when I was surfing the net for selling tips and happened upon this video. I was SO EXCITED! It is TOTALLY cool. I guess this is a test of one’s depth of nerdiness. For instance, I wanted to call everyone I knew to tell them about this, whereas, I can tell my mother that she can stop reading the blog now because it will get boring to her. Definitely a huge difference in attitude! Honestly, this is REALLY exciting

Didn’t that just blow you away!!!! It makes me think about how this could have been the way they constructed things like the Pyramids of Giza!

Pyramids of Giza

Nerd Joke Alert

    What do you get when you eat a Blackberry?
    A Bluetooth.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 MelRoXx August 29, 2009 at 5:17 am

Bluetooth? Lol! & don't think negative! The definition of a nerd was funny. See you again! x


2 MelRoXx August 29, 2009 at 5:19 am

You might be confused why I said Don't think negative and why I said it. Why ? I don't know. laugh it off. I was in a micro sleep…


3 Navyvet August 29, 2009 at 6:31 am

this is your mother, on toms email, you know that little figure you have that is banging his head on the computer keyboard, that is what your blog did to me. the glue is a small price to pay to have you as my daughter, my nerd daughter,lol. i love you


4 Scrappy Girl August 29, 2009 at 12:42 pm

It is fun being a nerd…you learn so many fascinating things that others feel they are too cool to be bothered with…love the joke!


5 Oh Sew Good August 29, 2009 at 1:13 pm

I worked for a computer company once whose last four numbers of their phone number would spell N-e-r-d. Jokingly, we became Dial-a-nerd. For some reason, though, my boss wasn't all that impressed. 🙂


6 Stacey August 29, 2009 at 2:32 pm

That was pretty cool. I was a little afraid to watch the video!


7 Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine August 29, 2009 at 8:27 pm

I think we can all be "nerds" in our own way, or at least we all do nerdy things…..I know that me and my dh do nerdy things, some people may say it is just being transparent….thanks for making me think!

enjoy *~*


8 Kimberly August 30, 2009 at 3:27 am

me too, its not so bad


9 Tracy August 30, 2009 at 6:50 am

Loved the definition – never thought of myself as a nerd but I definitely fit the definition.


10 Yaya August 30, 2009 at 10:58 am

How interesting! Guess I've got a little nerd in me too!


11 Tammy Howard August 31, 2009 at 2:53 am

Once? I knit this scarf? Where the cable represented the DNA strand. It is bar none my favorite scarf. Nerdy? Oh my goodness, yes.

And you can come to my house anytime. Two of us are clumsy and the other two are so lazy they don't get off their bottoms long enough for us to figure out if they're clumsy or not…


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