Top 10 Signs that you’re a Nerd

“Why is being a nerd bad? Saying I notice you’re a nerd is like saying, ‘Hey, I notice that you’d rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you’d rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsey Lohan. Why is that?” So said John Green. Besides, he claimed that nerd life is better than regular life. Do you agree with him? Are you a nerd too, like those guys in the ‘Big Bang theory’? Are you also not the conventional ‘cool’? On the other hand, nerds somehow know how to always have a good time watching the ‘Star Trek’, don’t they? And not only do they have a good time during the show but also after the show. They will talk about the movie indefinitely, without stop. However, let me get something right away – nerds can also be crazy about anything, like books, history, theater, tech, fashion and what not! Contrary to popular opinion, a nerd is not always someone who is only into science and games and comic books. Trust me. Did I clear up your confusion now?

  1. You can never say No to books

Staying back home to read the ‘Resurrection’? Social gatherings are all too mainstream for you, aren’t they? Plus, you can’t possibly put up with all the noise. So the couch will always be your favorite place to be. And yes, you’re so full of knowledge! To the brim. Even Hunter Hayes confesses, “I’m a nerd. Total geek. I never went to homecoming or prom or anything.”

  1. You were always the topper

Weren’t you? Congratulations! You were a geek. And once a geek, always a geek. Topping your class never fails to get your adrenaline pumping. Is there any harm in your taking pride in being ‘overly intellectual’? Charles Sykes had famously said that people should be good to nerds, reason being “You may end up working for them. We all could.”

  1. You’re curious

You’re never tired of being inquisitive or nosy. You pry and probe into the smallest of things. Afterall, you got to know the answer to every ‘how’, ‘why’, ‘when’, etc. It’s dull to pause and make an end. Could you agree more with Tennyson’s Ulysses?

  1. You’re repulsed by incorrect grammar usage

“What did you say? ‘I was absent tomorrow’?” May the Lord God save that person from your wrath! Nerds never take grammar lessons lightly. They’re well-versed in the difference between ‘uninterested’ and ‘disinterested’, ‘lose’ and ‘loose’, etc.

  1. You’re a sapiosexual

Smart and intelligent people are a turn on. Looks don’t give you goosebumps. You would rather prefer wit and a quick mind, wouldn’t you? In spite of being a newly coined word (or a neologism word), the term ‘sapiosexual’ has gained an immense amount of popularity.

  1. You have always had a favorite subject

You find a particular subject downright irresistible. You can’t wait for the teacher to teach you that subject. And you look forward to your learning the subject more. How can people feel differently? You’ll never know. In ‘The Glister’, John Burnside suggested that nerds are enthusiasts. He goes on to say, “Not having a life means you get to love things with a passion and nobody bothers you about it.”

  1. You’re indispensable when it comes to group dinners

Let’s find out why. As soon as the check arrives, you work out each person’s share. No one can be as accurate as you are, with all the tax and the tip in consideration. And you thought we are anti-social? Please. “Common people are often enough; that is why God made so many of them. Your job is to be— EXTRAORDINARY.”

  1. You have a large variety of interests

You can’t imagine life sans comic books, superheroes, movies, TV shows and games. You’re obsessed with them. All of them. When you have such a multitude of interests, boredom stays out of your league. “Nerd. One whose unbridled passion for something, or things, defines who they are as a person, without fear of other people’s judgement,” said Zachary Levi.

  1. You love mind boggling puzzles

How can anyone not love them? A nerd just can’t get enough of challenges. Exploiting those grey cells is your pastime. You can even invent your own little games if you’re not satisfied by the traditional ones! Who needs amusement parks and roller coaster rides? Let me quote a couple of lines from Nora Robert’s ‘Tribute’.

“You love tests?”
“Well, yeah. There are questions and answers. True or false, multiple choice, essay. What’s not to love?”

So do you get my point now?

  1. Visiting bookstores is your hobby

And don’t even get me started on the smell of those books! I mean, really. You’re so passionate about them that you don’t even mind keeping your friend waiting for you at that yoga class or your cousin (who you promised to pick up) at his school. “Better to be nerd than one of the herd!” Definitely.

A nerd knows exactly where his passions lie. Being a nerd is being different. But they’re always learning something new. All the time. They also have the most incredible of all imaginations. Consequently, they can talk on every topic under the sun. Now who would say that’s not cool? Or attractive? Nerds are people who are genuine. Nerds are people who can fix your television set or set up your speakers. And famous nerds include Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. Did they not change the entire course of human history? Posey opined that all the geniuses and the greats around us are simply nerds with experience. Do you think so too? You may not be a nerd yourself but you may have known one. There are several advantages of having a friend who is a nerd. Like, it is incredibly easy to find the perfect gift for these set of people, isn’t it? On the other hand if you’re dating a nerd, count yourself lucky for they’re a bunch of thoughtful people. Besides being sweet and sensitive, they’re humble. Isn’t that adorable? Teresa Palmer declares, “The nerds are my favorite sort of boys – any guy with a passion – whether it be physics or film or writing or poetry even, I think it’s super sweet and it’s very attractive for a female.”

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