Just For Fun: Not All Geeks Are Created Equal

by mjtaylor on August 2, 2012

It was only recently that I realized geeks didn’t have to be into computers. I thought  all geeks were technology freaks. But when one of my not very techy friends called himself a geek, my mind expanded. But I soon learned, not all geeks are created equal.

Though geeks are often seen as one cohesive group, within “Geektopia” there is a known pecking order consisting of a variety of diverse subsets. Among the highest orders of “Geekdom” are the Das Ubergreek, which is the most dominant geek who fluently codes in over five languages, the Apple Fanboy Geek, and the Chic Geek.

Infographic Source: BCO

Other prevalent subsets of geeks include the Cosplay Geek, the Trekkie Geek, and perhaps the most well known, the Star Wars Geek. Fans of topics that are not often associated with geekdom occupy the world of geeks as well. These include the Sports Geek, who knows every advanced statistic known to man about sports, the Music Geek, who spends time collecting obscure vinyl records from the decades prior to their own birth, and the Film Geek, who will not even go as far as eating food while focusing on the details of a film.

Though geeks are often stereotyped as being computer nerds or Star Wars fans, almost every field that exists has its own set of geeks.

If you’re reading this post, I bet you’re a geek, too! So what sort of geek are you?

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Bruce Bear August 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Back before the term got adopted by computer people, the term “Geek” was coined by traveling fair people (“carnies”) in the ’30′s to describe a “Glass Eating frEaK” — someone who ate light bulbs, drinking classes, soda bottles, etc. in side shows.
Anybody know how the word “nerd” got derived?

mjtaylor August 3, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Bruce, thanks for adding that color; I love word origins. Nerd? I now know a little of the controversy around the etymology of ‘nerd.’ Apparently Dr. Seuss used it in a book in 1950 in which a young man is collecting specimens for his zoo and plans on acquiring, “a Nerkle, a Nerd, and a Seersucker too!” But whether Seuss made it up or not is up for grabs: you can read all about it here: http://www.eldacur.com/~brons/NerdCorner/nerd.html … a much more interesting rundown than wikipedia’s.

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