Sunday, June 23, 2013

Is a Geek and a Nerd the same thing? ….and why I have violent tendencies.

Is a Geek and a Nerd the same thing?
Well, I wasn’t sure of the answer so I went to to get to the bottom of this quandary. Here is what I found:
Nerd (n.) - an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit.
Geek (n.) - a person who has excessive enthusiasm for and some expertise about a specialized subject or activity.
Clear as mud, huh?
Here is my opinion on the subject.
A Geek is someone who is pretty much a normal person with an interest in something that is not consider a “socially normal” thing. For example, some people are really into computers, so they would be computer geeks. Some people are really into Star Wars so they would be Star Wars Geeks. Go and watch the pilot episode of the first season of Glee and you will see a whole bunch of Glee Club geeks ….or more fondly known as “Gleeks”.
A Nerd is someone who is super smart and little bit arrogant with this knowledge. The person is quite possibly blind to the fact that it isn’t really socially acceptable to constantly put their two cents in on every single subject known to man even though they are probably the most knowledgeable person in the room on said subject.
Why are we talking about this, you ask? Because I live with Nerds.
Three of them.
So now here is the real question:  Why does this nerdiness bring out my violent tendencies?
Let me explain…
It’s Sunday afternoon. My kids, Hubby and I are all around the table enjoying a nice lunch after Church when the conversation went a little awry. My kids have been a little obsessed with salt lately.
Yes, I said salt.
Their Daddy has told them that almost everything in the world has salt in it and that nothing could live without salt. So now it is a direct challenge to the boys to see if they can name something that exists that does not have salt in it. One of them named steel and metal and then they asked their Dad to name something else. My Hubby looks around the kitchen and his eyes settle on a Styrofoam egg container and he says, “Styrofoam doesn’t have salt in it.” My littlest guy then asks what Styrofoam is and my oldest gets up from his seat and picks up the egg carton and shows the little one what they are referring to.
Now, in most families that would be the end of the conversation. A nice, normal explanation and the end…but not in my family. The nerd comes flying out of my Hubby and he says..I kid you not…”Actually it’s not Styrofoam is extruded polystyrene made from the monomer styrene. Styrofoam is just a trademarked brand name and polystyrene was discovered by…… yada yada yada….” What the heck!?!  I could go on, but trust me you don’t really want me to.
It’s at this point that my Hubby looks at me and notices the stark, raving, mad look in my eye and laughs nervously while warily eyeing the fork in my right hand.
I then say, “I really want to poke you in the eye with my fork.” He then just winks at me and continues to eat.
So my question is why do I get that way? Why does nerdy talk bring out the worst in me? Could it be latent bullying tendencies or could it be that I know he’s just being a show off?
Don’t get me wrong. I think the fact that he can even sort through his vast amount of knowledge to bring this stuff out is amazing. He’s the smartest person I know. Obviously in school he wasn’t writing notes to the “boy du jour” and asking him to check the box that best describes his feelings ……like someone who might or might not be writing this blog. Shocker..I was a bit social!
I think what worries me more is the fact that all of this information is entering into a 6 year old and 4 year old’s brains and soon…very soon…I will have three of them spewing facts at me like they are a human version of Wikipedia…. and I’m pretty sure at that point I will need medication. A lot of it.
…or maybe 3 atomic wedgies will be the only cure I need.
Happy Sunday.
p.s. – If you’re worried you are a nerd, or are just wanting to do something quick and entertaining, just click on the picture above and take the “Am I A Nerd Test”. I’ll give you two guesses what I scored.


  1. If you are going to blog about it, it is encapsulated polystyrene, or eps. Booyah

    1. BTW..this last statement written above is from my loving proven.