Nerd sniping

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Nerd sniping is a slang term for the action of giving an interesting problem to a person (usually a nerd), thereby consuming all their attention until the problem is solved. It was coined by xkcd author Randall Munroe in the 356th comic of the series on 12 December 2007.[1]


Techopedia on November 12, 2020 said:

Nerd sniping is a slang term that describes a particularly interesting problem that is presented to a nerd, often a physicist, tech geek or mathematician.

The nerd stops all activity to devote attention to solving the problem, often at his or her own peril.[2]


  1. ^ "Nerd Sniping". Retrieved 2022-01-04.
  2. ^ "What is Nerd Sniping? - Definition from Techopedia". Retrieved 2022-01-04.

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