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New people: "nerdy" and "geeks"

February 26 2005

From time to time there are names that characterize the types of people a new generation. Now along with the already well-known term "freak" in the world are expanding rapidly title "nerd" and "geek." Who are they?

To date, these types are widely represented in our society. True, by nature, they prefer to stay in the shade. So, we shall understand who is who.

The word "nerd" started its march in mid-1960 in relation to the ultimate intellectual recluse with undeveloped skills of socialization, which is usually the subject of ridicule. The initiator of this term was a philosopher, Timothy Charles Paul Fuller. First "nerd" was seen in the book of American children's author Dr. Seuss, "If I was a zoo, where a strange new word named one of the fictional author of the funny animals. According to another version of the appearance of speech, the change is Mortimer Snerd - the name of the dolls, ventriloquist Edgar Bergen. The third version argued that the word came from one of the companies where employees wore special pocket pouches for pencils and pens, not to get dirty - with a designation on them "N.E.R.D. And finally, the last option: the word comes from the English "drunk", which is read in the mirror image as "knurd". The same applies to it for some reason those who do not drink at parties.

Entourage "nerda" occurring in the media and cartoons is a young man wearing glasses with black horn-rim (preferably broken and wrapped with duct tape temples) often have non-standard complexion - too skinny, or conversely, extremely full.

In general, the "nerd" is different inconsistencies in clothing, appearance, behavior. Things in which he dressed, often do not correspond to the time of year, the situation can not be combined with each other, and thoughts can be far from the location of the body - for example, at a party kind of person does not think about what to drink and how zakadrit girl, and how to combine two new computer programs, or how to change the social structure of humanity, when we'll get to fly in space.

Accordingly, there is such a thing as "nerdnost" - a state of mind and due hosted by the brain. A typical "nerd" as a rule, social damage and hardly comes to communication. The exception is the theme of technical and scientific nature. In this regard, the hypothesis was that these people must have suffered a clear syndrome of mental disorder.

Traditionally, the "nerd" - a very smart, but lonely and asocial man who lives by the very idea of knowledge, especially scientific character. Versed in computer technology, it has often become a hacker. Beginning in the second half of 1990, the young geeks from science proclaimed the word "nerd" as a symbol of pride. They began to use it as a characteristic of approval for any human being, the whole meaning of life is - in technical progress and understanding. Social unsuitability in this case - only the concomitant component of his character.

There is an ongoing dispute as to whether the word "geek" synonymous with "nerd" (nerd) or we need to see it as a "subspecies", and what they are, in principle, vary.

Both types - and the "nerdy" and "geeks" has been actively associated with supporters of the virtual world, which brings together a network. In this sense they are opposed to everyday life style.It regulars chat, cultivating online communication (practically the only reasonable for them) and holders of various hi-tech devices on all occasions. Their friend and colleague - a silent computer, and perfect communication - at a distance.

Speaking of "gikah" (as some form of "nerdov"), there are so-called geek code (geek-code), Robert Hayden, which is a collection of some characters and shows the extent of your "giknutosti. He can look like this: GED / J d - s :++>: a - C ++(++++) ULU + + P + L + + E ---- W + (-) N + + + o + K + + + w --- O - M + V - PS + +> $ PE + +> $ Y + + PGP + + t-5 + + + X + + R +++>$ tv + b + DI + + + D + + + G + + + + e + + h r - y ++**. This machine code is concluded attitude "boom" to the various components of his daily life and its characteristics: clothes, complexion, age, computer, UNIX-system programming languages and so on. Today gikami "refer to computer gurus that make their subculture, and the brotherhood of scientific geniuses.

Oddly enough, but many successful and wealthy people in the past can be attributed to these two species. For example, Linus Torvalds (creator of the operating system Linux), the notorious Bill Gates (head of corporation Microsoft) and Steve Jobs (CEO Apple) in their college years. Many believe that their life's path lay straight through the prism of "nerdnosti. In these cases, the irregularity was a good momentum in later life.

As a result, the concept of "nerdnosti" gets attacked image. So, fairly well-known Web site Computer News Slashdot affectedly separate heading: "News for" nerdov. "Things that are important." "Nerdnost becomes let angular, but the claim to the creative existence in the technical field. And in the program matrices has its own grace!

Society nerdov "remains fragmented, and their culture is unrecognized. After all, to be numbered in the ranks of the elect "nerdov" you acknowledge their involvement and ownership. But there is another extreme - the promotion, which resulted in a simplified version of "nerdnosti" will be launched to the masses.

Vladimir Yaduta.


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