Sometimes when I comment on a blog I make a statement that is so confessional of some pathetic part of my personality, that I end the post with my personalized trademarked catch-phrase: I am such a dork™.
A classic case is when Ces from Drink At Work talked about his favorite Christmas present of all time, I chimed in about mine which was a model of a B-52 bomber. One time I made a joke on the Achenblog that referenced BOTH a Robert Henlein novel AND Star Trek. Sometimes I'll just reference some really obscure piece of trivia about history or philosophy.
I know that "dork" is a very vulgar word. When Dad Gone Mad discussed obscure vulgar words, I confessed to this childhood incident:
My brother used to dare me yell "DORK" as loud as I could. My dad anrgily explained what that meant and why he never wanted to hear it again. Now that's about the mildest thing you can scream.
My dad was right. "Dork" is a vulgar synonym to "penis". "Dorkhead" and "dork-breath" mean the same as their "dick-" versions. In context though, a dork is different from a dick. A dork is a clueless loser while a dick is an annoying asshole. Completely different connotations. For example, in Dibert, Wally would be a dick and Asok The Intern would be a dork. I personally identify with Dilbert who is the poor befuddled nerd.
I knew that the word geek had it's origins as "circus geek", meaning someone who bites the heads off of live chickens in a circus sideshow. The origin of nerd is more obscure, but I figured it couldn't be vulgar since it was used so much on Happy Days. This website lists the most poular theories.
So what's the difference between being a nerd and a dork? I was very intrigued when I ran across the The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test. I think you get 10 dork points just for taking the test.
| Modern, Cool Nerd |
73 % Nerd, 52% Geek, 47% Dork
| For The Record: |
A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
You scored better than half in Nerd and Geek, earning you the title of: Modern, Cool Nerd.
Nerds didn't use to be cool, but in the 90's that all changed. It used
to be that, if you were a computer expert, you had to wear plaid or a
pocket protector or suspenders or something that announced to the world
that you couldn't quite fit in. Not anymore. Now, the intelligent and
geeky have eked out for themselves a modicum of respect at the very
least, and "geek is chic." The Modern, Cool Nerd is intelligent,
knowledgable and always the person to call in a crisis (needing
computer advice/an arcane bit of trivia knowledge). They are the one
you want as your lifeline in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (or the one
up there, winning the million bucks)!
Thanks Again! -- THE NERD? GEEK? OR DORK? TEST
|My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:|
|Link: The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test written by donathos on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test|
While this test classifies me as a nerd, based on those bar graphs, I could go any which way with those categories.
In the future, I should be more accurately saying either "I am such a nerd" when I point out some arcane historical fact, and say "I am such a geek" when I have an obscure fact about a television show or movie and say "I am such a dork" only when I reveal some embarassing fact about my life. Trust me there are plenty of all of those things to go around.
Afterall, I am such a...(you fill in the blank). And that's fine with me.
Now, don't leave me hanging here. Let me know where you fit and whether you're okay with it.