Word Origin Comics: Ode to the Geeks, Dweebs, Wonks and Nerds: A Glorious Tribute in So Many Words

Let’s hear it for a much maligned segment of the population!

“… Nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. … When people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness.” ― John Green

“You know that passage in the Bible that says, ‘And the meek shall inherit the Earth’? Always wondered if that was mistranslated. Perhaps it actually says, “And the geek shall inherit the Earth.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier

“Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.” ― Simon Pegg

“Common people are often enough; that is why God made so many of them. Your job is to be — EXTRAORDINARY.” ― Shannon L. Alder

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