Talk:Nerd

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Nerd in other cultures[edit]

Someone told me that there, for example, no way to translate the word into Russian or possibly some other languages, or there isn't any kind of concept like that. Made me wonder if it's mainly american Canadian, etc. I'm wondering if some other countries don't have a social stigma/it's not socially undesirable for someone to pursue "nerdy" pursuits, video games, RPG's, comic books, Japan comes to mind though they have something called an Otaku, but wonder if they are more accepting. The snare (talk) 18:57, 7 December 2014 (UTC)


The closest translation of otaku is obsessive creep. It is more derogatory than calling someone a nerd in English today. Although it is generally spplied more specifically to the fandoms of anime but not the science or computer enthusiasts.

Most notably[edit]

many "nerdy" people (most notably Bill Gates)

— An editor, Nerd#Nerd pride

I disagree with this. Bill Gates is a billionaire, not exactly a man who devotes himself to science. Also, a source is needed to verify if he is a "nerd". It seems too much like a personal opinion, so I think it should be removed. Λίνουξ (talk) 10:43, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

Whether or not he devotes himself to science is besides the point here (many engineers, for example, don't either), but I agree that it sounds like an opinion rather than fact, especially since it's not specified in the source. I went ahead and removed it. Supernerd11 Firemind ^_^ Pokedex 13:18, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

Earliest use - prior to Seuss?[edit]

Well, here's an interesting thing... I was just doing some hunting for sources on Coan ki when I came across this use of the word - dating from 1694! (scroll down to the text next to the last image, or just Ctrl+F and search for "nerd"...) It seems legitimate (the original text is available online here, if you have access to Adam Matthew), so I'm wondering whether it's worth including in the etmology section. From the context of the passage, it would seem that the word is used to mean "laborer", though that's a guess on my part; I haven't been able to find any etymological source that would indicate what "nerd" meant back in the seventeenth century (or even in 1889, when this source was published). Yunshui  13:01, 1 December 2014 (UTC)

Just as an adjunct to the above - Nerdiludium (which was rendered by Culin as "Nerd Game") would appear to be alternative Latin name for either backgammon or ludus duodecim scriptorum (see Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire). Gibbon claims it's of Persian origin, which suggests in this case "Nerd" is a variant of Nard. Looks to me as though my thinking above is incorrect - "Nerd" in this usage refers to the game of Nard, not to labourers or any other specific group of people. Yunshui  10:11, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

This is the Army[edit]

2601:9:B80:B0B:803B:F585:861F:91EA's addition that nerd dates to at least 1943 appears to be correct, Though the word used is nerdy, and from context it wasn't used in the way we mean today. It describes a list of trades, plumber, printer, farmer, plumber as nerdy guys. This would seem to match User:Yunshui's observation above that the word meant labourer.

Again from context but the word would seem to be in use prior to 1943.--KTo288 (talk) 20:13, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

Date, form "gnurd"[edit]

There's an interesting comment on this on my Talk page from someone who used "gnurd" at MIT in the 1960s; I had deleted his unsourced addition. I won't copy what is technically a message for me without the author's permission (I encourage him to copy his information and my response here), but it's worth a look. Useful for the article if a source can be found (and if it gets added without source I personally will leave it in). Pol098 (talk) 08:51, 22 July 2015 (UTC)

Njord or Nerthus[edit]

I just wonder, if the word Nerd is related to the name of the Norse / Germanic Njörðr. Who is longing for sea, but check it out yourself. --197.228.20.186 (talk) 14:44, 18 January 2016 (UTC)

Egghead term[edit]

I put "Egghead" as a linked article in the "See also" section and it was removed due to lack of sources. I'm pretty sure sources aren't required for "see also" links.--206.255.42.17 (talk) 14:47, 22 September 2016 (UTC)

A source is required for anything that is challenged. Otherwise anyone could add any link to a "See also" section no matter how absurd. Everyone doesn't agree with what you see as a relationship between the terms. So source it or leave it out. Sundayclose (talk) 00:15, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Source needed[edit]

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I know this has been used in a few videos on yt, just have little chance of finding an example.

In fact, the name their fans have adapted reflects the popularity of this nerdy subculture, "Nerdfighters" or "Nerdfighteria."

Matthias291999 (talk) 19:46, 10 October 2016 (UTC)

Asperger Syndrome section[edit]

I think the article should say that there is a correlation between asperger and nerd, the article used to say that.Granito diaz (talk) 16:18, 14 October 2016 (UTC)