“Nerd” Vs. “Geek”

To be clear, I’m much more partial to the term “nerd” than “geek.”

Fun fact: the word “nerd” was coined by Dr. Seuss in the 1950 book If I Ran The Zoo. By the next year, Newsweek had reported that the word was being used as slang for “drip” or “square”—both terms for “unhappening” individuals.

Alternatively, Philip K. Dick claimed to have invented the word “nurd” in 1973, which was supposedly derived from the word “knurd”—backwards of “drunk.” I idolize Dick, but am leaning more towards Dr. Seuss on all this.

Visual Reference:

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Robert Carradine
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Dude from “Riptide”
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Toby Radloff
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Potsie

More to read about on Butterfly Language:
Geeks Will NOT Inherit the Earth: How Hollywood Helped the Jocks Win
The Year Of The Mask: Geek Will Eat Itself
Revenge Of The “Nerds” And The Shaming Of Shia LaBeouf