Check out this awesome video by Rhett and Link showing a Rap battle between Nerds vs Geeks
Hope you enjoyed this ‘informative’ video that differentiates us nerds from the geeks! Geeks FTW!
People often mix up the two terms Nerds and Geeks, they’re often considered the same thing thing and are often used as insults. But should they be? I’d take it as a complement. Here is a little more detail about the two terms, stating their differences:
Geek – An enthusiast of a particular topic or field. Geeks are collection oriented, gathering facts and mementos related to their subject of interest. They are obsessed with stuff that is new, cool and trending in their respective fields. In other words early adopters!
Nerd – A studious intellectual, although again of a particular topic or field. Nerds are “achievement” oriented, and focus their efforts on acquiring knowledge and skill over trivia and memorabilia. They’re often known to give up their social life for the sake of their obsession.
Both are dedicated to their subjects, and sometimes socially awkward. The distinction is that geeks are fans of their subjects, and nerds are practitioners of them. A computer geek might read Wired and tap the Silicon Valley rumor-mill for leads on the next hot-new-thing, while a computer nerd might read CLRS and keep an eye out for clever new ways of applying Dijkstra’s algorithm. Note that, while not synonyms, they are not necessarily distinct either: many geeks are also nerds (and vice versa).