What is a nerd today, and where did the word even come from? It used to be that a nerd was the kid that hung out in the science lab and belonged to the chess club. Nerds were easy to spot because they hung around in little nerd groups, usually with big glasses and hand me down clothes. I have no idea what a nerd looks like today and I started to wonder if maybe I have become a nerd. I had to look up the word:
Nerd is a term that refers to an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit. Nerds are generally considered to be awkward, shy and/or unattractive by most. Thus, a nerd is often excluded from physical activity and considered a loner by others, or will tend to associate with a small group of like-minded people.
The first documented appearance of the word "nerd" is as the name of a creature in Dr. Seuss's book If I Ran the Zoo (1950), in which the narrator Gerald McGrew claims that he would collect "a Nerkle, a Nerd, and a Seersucker too" for his imaginary zoo.
Well that does it! Dr. Seuss is in the building! I really want to be a nerd now. I will have my own little Nerd group that is for Nerds over 40. We can speak our own language and completely ignore all “Youth Slang” and “Fall Down” fashion. Lately I have heard terms that make no sense to me. Terms like, muffin top, queef, camel toe, moose knuckle and tea bagging. Strange words are constantly being thrown at me. Ha? I had to look them all up you know, my kids think I am funny, and my amazement for the construction of the English language continues. Where do these words come from? Fall down fashion is another thing. Make up your mind already! Either put on your pants or take them off! I swear I am going to put a nickel in the next slot I see.
Nerds over 40, it is time to band together. We can be proud of our Dr. Seuss heritage and continue to create words that have an intellectual content. We can wear clothes that suit us, have any kind of hobby we want, and go to the imaginary zoo any time. My first Nerd Word is going to be:
Femping: Jumping away from whatever you are fed up with.
Would you like to share a new Nerd Word with me? I would love to hear it. How about telling me what you are femping about, I am all ears.