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dork vs. nerd
dork vs. nerd: What’s the difference?
Dork and nerd are sometimes used in ways that are intended to imply different shades of meaning about the person they’re referring to. In general, though, they often mean about the same thing, and they can both be used negatively, positively, or in a self-deprecating way.
[ dawrk ]
- a silly, out-of-touch person who tends to look odd or behave ridiculously around others; a social misfit: If you make me wear that, I’ll look like a total dork!
[ nurd ]
- a person considered to be socially awkward, boring, unstylish, etc.
- an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit: a computer nerd.