Started by Tyler, 2005-03-30T09:49:58-06:00 (Wednesday)
QuoteIf you want to find out what peopel think of a word, I would suggest not asking Meriem, she's a bit off.http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=nerd&r=f
QuoteOxnard wrote:Let's run out an example.You like your mom.Your mom sucks at computers.Computer people are smart.Computer people will laugh and talk to co-workers about your mom when she refers to google as the intarnet.What other educated field will laugh at your mom for not being an expert in their specialization? Doctor? Lawyer? Scientist? No. No one else will laugh at your mom for how ignorant they are in their given field.Again, this isn't everyone. I just encourage whoever may read this to try and not be the majority who laughs at the CEO who can't get his email because of the virus he installed.
QuoteCliff wrote:Bryan, in your line of argument you have a long way to go in establishing that your personal definition of nerd is is the one that is globally accepted.First, you haven't even stated what you think nerd means. Second, you directed us to urbandictionary.com, which points out 116 definitions of nerd that are different from each other. In fact, urbandictionary.com contradicts your argument in that it provides evidence that there is no consensus on the definition of nerd.Also, your reckless implication that your casual survey of 10 people represents the (600 million+) global English speaking population better than the dictionary is preposterous. Plus, you make no comment on whether those 10 people even agree with each other on the definition of nerd.Words, especially slang words, mean different things to different people, and that includes girls considering CS as a major, as Jerry pointed out. We can go a long way in improving our communication with others when we recognize that our audience and our choice of words have an impact.
QuoteNO ONE THINKS A NERD IS THE SAME THING AS ANY OTHER PERSON!