“Nerd, as a stereotypical or archetypal designation, refers to somebody who pursues academic and intellectual interests at the expense of social skills such as: interpersonal communication, fashion, and physical fitness.”
This definition was on the internet. I don’t remember where.
So was this test http://www.nerdtests.com/ft_nq.php
I took it and scored 5 percent, lower than 95 percent of the people who have taken the test. My results prove I am “definitely not nerdy, you are probably cool.” Odd, because I’ve been going around thinking I was a nerd all my life.
True, I don’t know what Pi means – nor do I really care – I don’t know how my computer works, and I buy my calculators at the dollar store so I can balance the checkbook.
But “probably cool” I don’t think so.
I have had moments of coolness. Like yesterday when I was talking to the young men volunteers painting the inside of the new Girls and Boys Club teen center. I commented about “plum bums” and examining themselves in “three way mirrors” and made the guys smile. But that’s just because I occasionally have conversations with my cool nephew, “Dogg,” and read Lisa’s blog.
But my son is a nerd. He is a glasses wearing, square root figuring, and computer game playing nerd. And he is proud of it.
Today I was singing to the tune of Batman (does the fact that I know the Batman tune make me a nerd or cool?) “na na na na na na na na NerdBoy!”
Faster than a dial-up modem.
More powerful than a Totally Awesome Computer.
Able to out think tall bullies in a single thought.
If he was still interested in doing Halloween, which he is not, we devised the perfect costume. We would get a T-Shirt and put Pi on the front of it ~ very much unlike the S Superman logo. Then he would pull his blue plaid pajamas up to his armpits and put tape on his glasses.
Instant Nerd Boy.
But, he wouldn’t let me take a picture of the nerd costume. So I guess he’s not 100 percent nerdy after all.