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Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Dork, dork, geek
Geek: intelligence + obsession
Dork: obsession + social ineptitude
Dweeb: intelligence + social ineptitude
Nerd: all three
The distinctions can be displayed visually in a Venn diagram posted by Scott Beale in September, from which I have gratefully derived this post.
I leave it to you to determine which category is most appropriate for grammarians and usage mavens.