College Professor Equates "Nerd" and "Geek" to Racial Epithets

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DasHellMutt

Lets just do away with those words and use the british term boffin? Being from the US I had never heard this term until I started watching alot of BBC America (Top Gear is now my all time favorite show) and I had to look it up to see what it even meant. I really like being called a geek but boffin somehow has a nice ring to it.

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Scootiep

 I don't know what's more pathetic, that this "professor" actually feels strongly enough to research this subject, or the fact that he was actually paid to do it. Wait...yes I do, FIRE HIS ASS Bennington College. Lest my Bola made from used mouse balls find your faces! most of us who have earned the moniker "Geek" or "Nerd" are quite proud of it thank you.

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HeartBurnKid

I fly my geek flag proudly; I take geek as a compliment.  They're only words; they have no power over you that you yourself do not give them.

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nekollx

 Your All Dorks

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Tekzel

Damn, they better not banish the word geek to the dustbin, I worked long and hard to attain my level of computer expertise so I could earn that tag.

Oh yea, and this guy is a complete dipshit.

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nekollx

 Somehow i don't think Best Buy G**k Squad would work very well if he got his way.

 

But then again....

 

G-Squad....

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reutnes

I personally prefer to be called "Reutnes, the great Technological Wizard."  

Nerd is just insulting. 

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gendoikari1

In other news, "college professor" equated to "moron that shouldn't be allowed to have his job".

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JDorfler

I wanna be a socialogy/psychiatry professor when I grow up.  So I can say stupid things that make no sense and get paid for them. 

I'll start drinking heavily now to prepare for the exams.

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m1k3_flrs

Banish nerd and geek words. WTF!
I set up everything around my house when it comes to PC's and electronics. Media sharing from one room to another. Streaming music from our computer to our living room. Yea you can call us G**ks.

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Asevening

My girlfriend and friends call me a geek and nerd all the time, then call me a retard in the same sentence.  But they all look up to me because I have this mysterious ability to make things work properly.  I'm happy to have people call me the G word or the N word (nerd) because then everybody knows I'm the guy who has the cool home theatre/computer/electronic gadgets setup in a way that just makes everything mesh fantastically to provide a truer experience of technology use.  However, in high school I was a 3-sport jock who loved computers, so what am I to do?

 

Ahhh, Betty Childs, we love you when you're mad.

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snapple00

You mean your boyfriend?

Nice try NERD!

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Asevening

Huh?

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snapple00

I called you gay!

Idiot!

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nduanetesh

"The best way to combat this is put it to bed, banishing 'nerd' and 'geek' to the linguistic dustbin," Anderegg said.

 

That statement is both ridiculously naive, and pretty much the opposite of the truth.  The more forbidden a word becomes, the more powerful it is. The words that are least powerful are the ones we hear every day--the ones that are so common that we don't think twice about hearing them. "Cunt" is an extremely "bad" word because of how rarely we hear it--it's even less common than "fuck".  If we all went around using the word "cunt" all the time, very quickly people would tire of hearing it and nobody would think twice about it when they did.  The same has pretty much happened with "nerd" and "geek". 

 This guy is a professor?  Sigh. 

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snapple00

"nerd" you! Mother "geeker!"

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TechW

"Moreover, Anderegg says the workforce suffers because young people
often associate nerds and geeks with fields such as math, science, and
computer science."

Wow, he says this like it is a bad thing. What century was he born in! I imagine he thinks being called a "jock" is a good thing. Seriously though, I personally prefer to be called a Techno Weenie...

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wolf17

"He says that a geek suggests a person with special expertise, while a nerd suggests social ineptness, and neither are flattering." (emphasis added)

Tell me, how is his definition of geek a bad thing???  It's especially paradoxical coming from a professor who I'm assuming studied for his degree, and has special expertise in his fields!? /tool lol

"Life is about living, not stressing" - a very smart girl :)

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gildonian1

Geek and Nerd in the same sense as racial slurs? Put down the pipe and research something a little more constructive to society.

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iinweed

Frankly, I think the professor is an asshat, although tool works as well.

Some of us revel in being called nerds or geeks - it is an affirmation of our technical prowess, and a compliament.

Someone should tell him to go get a real job.

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