Last week, we got into a philosophical discussion regarding the correct classification of nerds, geeks, and dorks. While these terms are definitely up for different interpretations, I decided to tighten up the requirments of each group within the realm of Not-So-Gentle Reader.
Naturally, I decided to make a venn diagram... I don't think there's any question anymore of my belonging to one of those three groups. Now it's just a matter of figuring out which one.
First up, we have the Geeks, a group that I would say takes a more-than-casual interest in a subject, whether that is a certain genre of film or literature, video games, technology, or some other hobby or form of entertainment. Geeks are generally well-socialized and can blend easily into the fabric of everyone else with ease. Everyone's favorite example of a geek seems to be Vin Diesel, who can play the Hollywood game by day but plays Dungeons & Dragons by night.
Nerds, on the other hand, take a more-than-casual interest in a subject that tends toward the academic, whether that is "literature" (which I differentiate from the more geeky genres of science fiction / fantasy) or another field that probably requires some kind of formal education to really "get." (For example, as a caver I know more than the average bear about geology, but I'm not a true "nerd" the way those cavers who are geologists may be.) I would also include a tendency towards organization in this group.
Finally, we have Dorks. Classification as a dork does not require an interest in any subject, academic or otherwise. Instead, it requires a general clumsiness, a lack of social polish, and probably a lack of fashion sense. My favorite example of a dork from popular culture is Napoleon Dynamite.
But that's not all, my friends! We also have those individuals who cross the boundaries between classifications, the Geeky Nerds (Leonard from Big Bang Teory), the Nerdy Dorks (let's say Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation, since I can't think of a better example), the Dorky Geeks (Kip from Napoleon Dynamite), and the Geeky Nerdy Dorks (Sheldon from Big Bang Theory).
And where do I fit in this Venn Diagram? As someone who keeps a "literary" blog, can recite the dialogue from The Princess Bride from beginning to end, and dances like someone who may be having some kind of seizure, I am most definitely...