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29 Oct 2021, 12:06 pm

Is "Nerd" for us "Spectrum Riders" an N-word? It is to me! It did major life damage! :(



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29 Oct 2021, 1:12 pm

"Nerd" is one of the few labels that I wear proudly!

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29 Oct 2021, 1:36 pm

Perhaps only nerds should be allowed to refer to other people as nerds. :nerdy:


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29 Oct 2021, 1:55 pm

If you watch TV nerd is used in a somewhat flattering way (Pawn Stars - Rebecca is a book nerd because she knows alot about books; Rick refers to himself as a history nerd because he knows alot about history) The word I myself find offensive is the "r" word (retard) You don't hear people saying "I'm a retard" because that word has such a negative connotation whereas nerd does not.



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29 Oct 2021, 2:09 pm

Does anyone under 40 still use the word Nerd. Seems very 80s.



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29 Oct 2021, 3:02 pm

I was thinking that too.



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29 Oct 2021, 3:38 pm

I've heard nerd used more positively than negatively lately. It's been pretty thoroughly reclaimed.



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29 Oct 2021, 3:57 pm

hurtloam wrote:
Does anyone under 40 still use the word Nerd. Seems very 80s.


Yes, lots of people under 40 use that word, but it tends to be more positive. Maybe it was seen as more negative in the 80s?


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29 Oct 2021, 3:59 pm

I love the word "nerd" and often use it :) I consider it a compliment for sure.


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29 Oct 2021, 4:17 pm

Sweetleaf wrote:
hurtloam wrote:
Does anyone under 40 still use the word Nerd. Seems very 80s.


Yes, lots of people under 40 use that word, but it tends to be more positive. Maybe it was seen as more negative in the 80s?


I was occasionally called it by bullies in the 90s and early 2000s. But more often they used other labels, like weird.

My brother was in high school in the 2010s and mostly heard gay as the predominant insult.



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30 Oct 2021, 7:27 am

I don't know about "nerd" because I'm a dork. :wink:



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30 Oct 2021, 11:18 am

My experience of the "nerd word" was all very negative, very threatening, oddly damning(??), and the focus/center of bullied times. It was
the 50's rough rural and military worlds where nerdy was a "damning forever sin." I'm starting to learn hfc as a replacement . . . maybe. It doesn't touch "of the damned" fear yet!



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30 Oct 2021, 11:33 am

I think in the 90s it had a bad connotation. Like saying you are a "good for nothing" or a social outcast. Nowadays it is used commonly by a lot of people to refer to themselves. I am still not fond of it because of the trauma it brought me however.



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30 Oct 2021, 11:52 am

In my High School years is was an insult for sure, nerd, terd, dork, what have you.
But by the late 90ies nerd started to become more positive, being one was a sign of wealth, creativity and success.

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31 Oct 2021, 8:59 pm

I remember a movie called Revenge of the Nerds. I don't remember much though.

Other words, dork, geek, dweeb, have these had an impact like nerd?



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01 Nov 2021, 12:19 am

I like the word these days. I didn't when I was younger and cared more about what others think of me.


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