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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.
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.
- "Nerd Sniping". Xkcd.com. Retrieved 2022-01-04.
- "What is Nerd Sniping? - Definition from Techopedia". Techopedia.com. Retrieved 2022-01-04.