I was having a conversation with someone yesterday (actually more a Facebook chat) defining what the differences were between a dork, a nerd and a geek.
Like any good researcher I turned to Wikipedia for the answer….
DORK – USA pejorative slang for a quirky, silly and/or stupid, socially inept person, or one who is out of touch with contemporary trends. Often confused with nerd and geek, but does not imply the same intelligence level.
NERD – is a term often bearing a derogatory connotation or stereotype, that refers to a person who passionately pursues intellectual activities, esoteric knowledge, or other obscure interests rather than engaging in more social or popular activities. Therefore, a nerd is often excluded from physical activity and considered a loner by peers or will tend to associate with like-minded people.
GEEK – The word geek is a slang term, noting individuals as “a peculiar or otherwise odd person, especially one who is perceived to be overly obsessed with one or more things including those of intellectuality, electronics, etc.
I personally prefer to use the word “eccentric” and not “odd” but the rest of it pretty much describes me. 🙂
I also like to think of myself as a geek with a little bit more of a personality and higher social skills than usual.