Jan. 13th, 2013

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I saw someone – actually multiple someones – gushing about how nerdily awesome it is that the U. S. government responded to a petition about building a Death Star. This made me think about definitions of "geek" and "nerd" used in different circles, a subject I've been considering for a while and my mother has ranted angrily at me a few times recently. I used to think I knew what it meant. Now I'm really not sure.

The most common definitions I've seen, and some thoughts on them, behind here. )

I suppose what I think about the whole thing now, really, is that if the words were once used to marginalize and hurt people who are different, it seems like the reclamation effort has backfired: either they're too vague to have meaning, or they define a cool kids' club. Thoughts on this would be welcome.

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