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Nerd, as a stereotypical, archetypal and frequently derogatory designation, refers to a person who passionately pursues intellectual or esoteric knowledge or pastimes rather than engaging in social life, such as participating in organized sports or other mainstream social activities. Merriam-Webster defines a nerd as an "unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person: especially: one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits."[1] While nerd, dork, and geek share in passionate intellectual pursuits and social ineptitude, nerd has the added implication of being affable and amusing.[citation needed] A nerd is often excluded from physical activity, and is often considered a loner by peers. Look up nerd in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 150 languages. ... For other uses, see Stereotype (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Archetype (disambiguation). ... “Literati” redirects here. ... Etymology Esoteric is an adjective originating during Hellenic Greece under the domain of the Roman Empire; it comes from the Greek esôterikos, from esôtero, the comparative form of esô: within. It is a word meaning anything that is inner and occult, a latinate word meaning hidden (from which... Social relation can refer to a multitude of social interactions, regulated by social norms, between two or more people, with each having a social position and performing a social role. ... Merriam-Webster, originally known as the G. & C. Merriam Company of Springfield, Massachusetts, is a United States company that publishes reference books, especially dictionaries that are descendants of Noah Websters An American Dictionary of the English Language (1828). ... Look up Dork in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The word geek is a slang term, noting individuals as a peculiar or otherwise dislikable person, especially one who is perceived to be overly intellectual.[1] Formerly, the term referred to a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live... Look up Loner in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

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Etymology

The word nerd first appeared in Dr. Seuss's book If I Ran the Zoo,[2] published in 1950, where it simply names one of Seuss's many comical imaginary animals. (The narrator Gerald McGrew claims that he would collect "a Nerkle, a Nerd, and a Seersucker too" for his imaginary zoo.) The slang goes back at least to 1951, when it was reported as a relatively new usage in Detroit, Michigan first by Newsweek[3] and then the St. Joseph, Michigan, Herald-Press.[4] By the early 1960s, usage of the term spread through the United States[5] and as far as Scotland.[6] Throughout this first decade, the definition was consistent—a dull person, a synonym of square, drip and scurve. During the next decade, it took on connotations of bookishness as well as social ineptitude, and the spelling nurd began to appear. The University of South Dakota's journal, Current Slang, contains four entries for nurd and one for nerd in 1970 and 1971.[7][8][9] Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer and cartoonist best known for his classic childrens books under the pen name Dr. Seuss, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and One Fish Two Fish Red... If I Ran the Circus [[Category:Books by D Category: ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Detroit” redirects here. ... The Newsweek logo Newsweek is a weekly news magazine published in New York City and distributed throughout the United States and internationally. ... Aerial view of the harbor at St. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969. ... The term square, in referring to a person, originally meant someone who was honest, traditional, and loyal. ... Social skills are skills a social animal uses to interact and communicate with others to assist status in the social structure and other motivations. ... The University of South Dakota is the state’s oldest university founded in 1862, although classes didnt start until 1882. ... Year 1970 ([[Rf 1970 == January 1 - The Unix epoch begins at 00:00:00 UTC January 2 - The last studio performance of The Beatles oman numerals|MCMLXX]]) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ...


The first recorded use of the nurd spelling appeared in 1965, in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Bachelor.[10] Oral tradition at RPI holds that the word was coined there, spelled as knurd (drunk spelled backwards), to describe those who studied rather than partied. This usage predates a similar coinage of knurd by author Terry Pratchett, but has not been documented prior to the nurd spelling in 1965. A spelling variant gnurd was in wide use at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by 1971 and continued at least until the mid-1970s. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, or RPI, is a nonsectarian, coeducational private research university in Troy, New York, a city lying just outside the state capital of Albany. ... Drunkenness, in its most common usage, is the state of being intoxicated with alcohol (i. ... In Terry Pratchetts fictional universe of Discworld, knurd is the opposite of drunk, as opposed to the median state of sobriety. ... Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... “MIT” redirects here. ...


Other theories of the word's origin include a variation on Mortimer Snerd, the name of Edgar Bergen's ventriloquist dummy, and the Northern Electric Research and Development labs in Ontario (an old name for modern-day Nortel), suggesting images of engineers wearing pocket protectors with the acronym N.E.R.D. printed on them, and a claim by Philip K. Dick to having coined nurd.[11] The Online Etymology Dictionary speculates that the word is an alteration of a 1940s term nert meaning "stupid or crazy person," itself an alteration of nut.[12] Another theory is that the word "nerd" is an abbreviation of the old English term "ne'er do well" - to describe somebody who will "never do well" in life.[citation needed] Edgar John Bergen (February 16, 1903 - September 30, 1978) was an American actor and radio performer, best known as a ventriloquist. ... Sam Bermans caricature of Charlie McCarthy and Edgar Bergen for 1947 NBC promotion book Edgar John Bergen (February 16, 1903 – September 30, 1978) was an American actor and radio performer, best known as a ventriloquist. ... Northern Telecommunications Networks, commonly known as Nortel, is a telecommunications equipment manufacturer headquartered in Canada. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English (de facto) Government - Lieutenant-Governor David C. Onley - Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 106 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area... Northern Telecommunications Networks, commonly known as Nortel, is a telecommunications equipment manufacturer headquartered in Canada. ... A pocket protector promoting the Barber Colman company. ... Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982) was an American writer, mostly known for his works of science fiction. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline for Web content. ...


The term itself was used heavily in the American 19741984 television comedy Happy Days which was set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the mid-1950s, and in one episode, "They Call It Potsie Love", introduced the reverse-spelled dren as meaning its opposite.[13] (This has no known or documented relationship to either instance of the drunk/knurd reversal.) In 1984, the film Revenge of the Nerds was released starring Robert Carradine, and Anthony Edwards. Carradine in particular worked very hard to embody the nerd stereotype and in so doing helped define it for many years to come.[citation needed] Additionally, the storyline presaged and may have helped inspire the "nerd pride" that emerged in the 1990s. Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... For other uses, see Happy Days (disambiguation). ... For other places with the same name, see Milwaukee (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that Revenge of the Nerds (2007 film) be merged into this article or section. ... Robert Carradine as Lewis Skolnick Robert Carradine (born March 24, 1954) is an American actor. ... This article is about the American actor. ...


Nerds and Asperger syndrome

Many traits associated with the nerd stereotype, in particular an unusual penchant for accumulating highly specialized or technical knowledge, impaired social ability and/or occasionally poor motor coordination, are characteristics of Asperger syndrome, an autistic spectrum disorder. The existence of the nerd concept in popular consciousness might be attributed to a tendency for certain behavioral and cognitive predispositions to covary, which at the extreme results in forms of autism. In support of this possibility, studies using a measure of autistic tendencies, the Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) developed by Simon Baron-Cohen, find that occupations commonly linked to the nerd stereotype, especially fields of science and engineering, are associated with elevated AQ,[14] with the highest average AQ seen among computer scientists, mathematicians and physicists. Other studies have found associations between heightened AQ and prenatal testosterone exposure[15] as well as genetic factors,[16] suggesting a distinct genetic and developmental basis for traits associated with the nerd stereotype. Explain the dystonias connected with motor coordination. ... Asperger syndrome (also Aspergers syndrome, Aspergers disorder, Aspergers, AS, or AD) is one of several autism spectrum disorders (ASD) characterized by difficulties in social interaction and by restricted and stereotyped interests and activities. ... Autistic spectrum, autism spectrum, autistic spectrum disorders, autism spectrum disorders and ASD are all synonymous designations for the more official terminology in DSM-IV and ICD-10, where the term Pervasive Developmental Disorders, (PDD) is being used. ... The Autism Spectrum Quotient is a questionnaire published in 2001 by Simon Baron-Cohen and his colleagues at the Autism Research Centre in Cambridge, UK. Consisting of fifty questions, its purpose is to determine the extent to which an adult of normal intelligence has the traits associated with autism spectrum... Simon Baron-Cohen is a British professor of developmental psychopathology in the departments of psychiatry and experimental psychology at the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and director of the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom. ... Testosterone is a steroid hormone from the androgen group. ...


Contemporary pride

The 1984 movie Revenge of the Nerds explored the concept of "nerd pride" to comical effect. American Splendor regular Toby Radloff claims this was the movie that inspired him to become "The Genuine Nerd from Cleveland, Ohio".[17] In the American Splendor film, Toby's friend, American Splendor author Harvey Pekar, was less receptive to the movie, believing it to be hopelessly idealistic. Many seem to share Radloff's view as "nerd pride" has become more widespread in the years since. This article is about the year. ... It has been suggested that Revenge of the Nerds (2007 film) be merged into this article or section. ... American Splendor #1 cover American Splendor is a series of autobiographical comic books and graphic novels written by Harvey Pekar and drawn by a variety of artists. ... Toby Radloff is an actor and television personality who appeared on MTV throughout the 1980s as the Genuine Nerd. He shot to fame when he was featured as a himself in Harvey Pekars American Splendor comics. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... American Splendor is a 2003 biopic about Harvey Pekar, the author of the American Splendor comic book series. ... Harvey Pekar on the cover of American Splendor: Portrait of the Author in his Declining Years Harvey Pekar (pronounced /ar-vay pea-kar/) (born October 8, 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a U.S. underground comic book writer. ...


The popular computer-news website Slashdot uses the tagline "News for nerds. Stuff that matters." Similarly, 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.[18] Slashdot, often abbreviated as /.[1], is a science, science fiction, and technology-related news website owned by SourceForge, Inc. ... A tagline is a variant of a branding slogan typically used in marketing materials and advertising. ... For other persons named Bill Gates, see Bill Gates (disambiguation). ...


MIT professor Gerald Sussman aims to instill pride in nerds: “MIT” redirects here. ... Gerald Jay Sussman is the Matsushita Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT). ...

"My idea is to present an image to children that it is good to be intellectual, and not to care about the peer pressures to be anti-intellectual. I want every child to turn into a nerd - where that means someone who prefers studying and learning to competing for social dominance, which can unfortunately cause the downward spiral into social rejection."

— Gerald Sussman, quoted by Katie Hafner, The New York Times, 29 August 1993

Nerd Pride Day has been observed on May 25 in Spain since 2006. The holiday tries to vindicate the right to be a nerd and to express it in public without shame.[citation needed] The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed internationally. ... is the 241st day of the year (242nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Nerd Pride Day or Geek Pride Day is an initiative which tries to reivindicate the right of every person to be a nerd in Spain. ... is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


An episode from the animated series Freakazoid titled "Nerdator" has a plot line that involves the use of nerds to power the mind of a Predator-like enemy, who delivers a memorable monologue on the importance of nerds:[citation needed] Freakazoid! (or Freakazoid) is an animated television show created by Warner Brothers that aired for two seasons in 1995-1997. ... The creature as seen in Predator (1987) Predators (known in the fictional expanded universe as Yautja or Hish-qu-Ten) are a fictional species featured in the films Predator (1987), Predator 2 (1990), Alien vs. ...

"…what they lack in physical strength they make up in brain power. Who writes all the best selling books? Nerds. Who directs the top grossing Hollywood movies? Nerds. Who creates the highly advanced technology that only they can understand? ...Nerds. And who are the people who run for the high office of the Presidency? No one but nerds."

The Danish reality TV show FC Zulu, created by Nordisk Film established a format wherein a team of nerds after two or three months training competes with a professional football (soccer) team. The internationally franchised format is generally known as FC Nerds, and is broadcast in Australia under the title Nerds FC. ... FC Zulu-logo FC Zulu is a Danish television program on TV 2 Zulu, about 16 nerds, who never had touched a football, trained in 2004 in three months, for afterwards to play against FCK in PARKEN. Against all odds were the able to score a goal. ... Nordisk Film is an Egmont electronic media production and distribution group that employs 1,090 people in six countries. ... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... FC Nerds is a reality television format developed by Nordisk Film. ... Nerds FC is an Australian TV show featuring football (soccer). ...


Nerdcore hip hop is a genre of hip hop music that has risen in popularity over the last few years. Nerdcore typically express nerd themes often with pride and humor. Notable artists include MC Plus+, MC Hawking, MC Lars, MC Chris, and MC Frontalot. "Weird Al" Yankovic has also recorded "White and Nerdy". The term "nerdcore" has seen wider application to refer to webcomics (most notably Penny Arcade, User Friendly, PvP, and Megatokyo) and other media that express nerd themes uninhibited.[citation needed] Nerdcore hip hop, or geeksta rap, is a subgenre of hip hop music that is performed by nerds or geeks, and is characterized by themes and subject matter considered to be of general interest to nerds, though it can appeal to others as well. ... Cover of Algorhythms Armand Navabi (aka MC Plus+) is a Nerdcore hip-hop artist, programmer and PhD student at Purdue. ... MC Hawking is a fictional nerdcore artist who gained some popularity in the early 2000s, largely due to the availability of his music on the Internet. ... Andrew Robert Nielsen (born October 6, 1982) is an American rapper, known by his stage name MC Lars. ... Chris Ward (born September 2, 1975), otherwise known as mc chris, is a nerdcore rapper, voice actor, and improvisational comedian born in Illinois, USA. He currently self releases on his own label Jet Pack Industries, LLC. His trademarks include the synthesis of his geek heritage with the gangster image associated... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... This article is about the musician himself. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Web comics are comics that are available on the web. ... Penny Arcade is a webcomic and blog written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik. ... For the concept in software engineering, see user-friendliness. ... For PvP in multiplayer computer role-playing games, see player versus player. ... Megatokyo is a webcomic created by Fred Gallagher and Rodney Caston, debuting on August 14, 2000,[1] and then written and illustrated solely by Gallagher as of July 17, 2002. ...


Notes and references

  1. ^ Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. "Nerd." [1]
  2. ^ Geisel, Theodor Seuss, If I Ran the Zoo, p. 47, Random House Books for Young Readers, New York, 1950
  3. ^ Newsweek (1951-10-8), p. 16
  4. ^ St. Joseph, Michigan, Herald-Press (1952-6-23), p. 14
  5. ^ Gregory J. Marsh in Special Collections at the Swarthmore College library as reported in Humanist Discussion Group (1990-6-28) Vol. 4, No. 0235.
  6. ^ Glasgow, Scotland, Sunday Mail (1957-2-10)
  7. ^ Current Slang: A Quarterly Glossary of Slang Expressions Currently In Use (1970), Cumulation Vol. III & IV, p. 88.
  8. ^ Current Slang: A Quarterly Glossary of Slang Expressions Currently In Use (1970), Vol. V, No. 1 Summer 1970, p. 21
  9. ^ Current Slang: A Quarterly Glossary of Slang Expressions Currently In Use (1971), Vol. V, No. 4, Spring 1971, p. 17
  10. ^ RPI Bachelor (1965), V14 #1
  11. ^ Personal Correspondence (1973-9-4) reported on the web
  12. ^ The Online Etymology Dictionary. "Nerd." [2]
  13. ^ Happy Days, episode 53: "They Call It Potsie Love" (1975-12-02)
  14. ^ S. Baron-Cohen, S. Wheelwright, R. Skinner, J. Martin and E. Clubley, The Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) : Evidence from Asperger Syndrome/High Functioning Autism, Males and Females, Scientists and Mathematicians, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 31, 5-17 (2001)
  15. ^ Rebecca Knickmeyer, Simon Baron-Cohen, Briony A. Fane, Sally Wheelwright, Greta A. Mathews, Gerard S. Conway, Charles G.D. Brook and Melissa Hines. Androgens and autistic traits: A study of individuals with congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Hormones and Behavior, 50, 148-153 (2006)
  16. ^ Francesca Happe, Patrick Bolton, Lee M. Butcher, et al. Genetic heterogeneity between the three components of the autism spectrum: a twin study. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 45:691 (2006)
  17. ^ [|Hensley, Dennis] (2003-09-02), "Revenge of the nerd: American Splendor's Toby Radloff is out and proud about his sexuality and his nerddom", The Advocate, <http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1589/is_2003_Sept_2/ai_110737685>
  18. ^ Mikkelson, Barbara & Mikkelson, David P. (2000), Some Rules Kids Won't Learn in School, <http://www.snopes.com/language/document/liferule.asp>. Retrieved on 2007-07-22

Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer and cartoonist best known for his classic childrens books under the pen name Dr. Seuss, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and One Fish Two Fish Red... If I Ran the Circus [[Category:Books by D Category: ... The Newsweek logo Newsweek is a weekly news magazine published in New York City and distributed throughout the United States and internationally. ... Swarthmore College is a private, independent, liberal arts college in the United States with an enrollment of about 1,450 students. ... For other uses, see Happy Days (disambiguation). ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 336th day of the year (337th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

See also

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Look up Dork in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A boffin in action: Dr Alexander Thorkel (Albert Dekker) from Dr. Cyclops (1940) In the slang of the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, boffins are scientists, engineers, and other people who are stereotypically seen as engaged in technical or scientific research. ... The word geek is a slang term, noting individuals as a peculiar or otherwise dislikable person, especially one who is perceived to be overly intellectual.[1] Formerly, the term referred to a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live... Stephanie Pakrul, or StephTheGeek, a blogger. ... Main articles: Youth culture and High school A high school subculture is a group of preteen or adolescent students in a secondary education setting — junior high school, high school — which acts as a subculture. ... Nerd Pride Day or Geek Pride Day is an initiative which tries to reivindicate the right of every person to be a nerd in Spain. ... Asperger syndrome (also Aspergers syndrome, Aspergers disorder, Aspergers, AS, or AD) is one of several autism spectrum disorders (ASD) characterized by difficulties in social interaction and by restricted and stereotyped interests and activities. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... It has been suggested that Revenge of the Nerds (2007 film) be merged into this article or section. ... // Events The Walt Disney Company founds Touchstone Pictures to release movies with subject matter deemed inappropriate for the Disney name. ... The Angry Video Game Nerd, formerly Angry Nintendo Nerd, portrayed by James Rolfe, is an internet personality gaining popularity on Screwattack. ...

Further reading

  • Tocci, Jason. "The Well-Dressed Geek: Media Appropriation and Subcultural Style" (Paper given at the MIT5 conference. PDF, 180kb).
  • Kendall, Lori. "'The Nerd Within': Mass Media and the Negotiation of Identity Among Computer-Using Men." The Journal of Men's Studies, 7(3) (1999): 353-69.
  • Kendall, Lori. "Nerd Nation: Images of Nerds in U.S. Popular Culture." International Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol. 2, No. 2, 260-283 (1999)
  • Kendall, Lori. "'Oh No! I'm a Nerd!': Hegemonic Masculinity on an Online Forum." Gender & Society, 14 (2) (2000): 256-274.

The Journal of Mens Studies (abbreviated JMS) is a peer-reviewed journal established in 1992 as the first of four published by Mens Studies Press. ...

Female nerds

  • Bucholtz, Mary. ""Why be normal?": Language and identity practices in a community of nerd girls." Language in Society (1999), 28: 203-223. Cambridge University Press.
  • Newitz, A. & Anders, C. (Eds) She's Such a Geek: Women Write About Science, Technology, and Other Nerdy Stuff. Seal Press, 2006.

In Japan

Substantial cinema-released documentaries

  • $100 & a T-Shirt (2004) (A feature-length documentary on U.S. fanzine editors).
  • Genuine Nerd (2006) (Feature-length documentary on Toby Radloff).

Background material

  • Frayling, Christopher. Mad, Bad And Dangerous?: The Scientist and the Cinema. Reaktion Books, 2005.

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