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A person who likes technical and scientific work and is typically introspective and sometimes antisocial. The origin of the term is sometimes attributed to an angry little man in Dr. Seuss's book "If I Ran the Zoo" in 1950. After the huge number of high-tech success stories in the 1990s, nerds made quite a leap forward in the social pecking order. The terms "nerd" and "geek" are used synonymously. See geek, nerd bird, entreprenerd and Nerd Street.

Alan Freedman - Classic Nerd
With his wiring rack and plugboards, the author of this encyclopedia was a lucky guy in 1962. After only two years in his career, he could sit from time to time instead of standing at a punch card machine all day.

Five Decades Later
Along the way, Freedman developed many social skills, although still loving technology and a nerd at heart.

An Alternate Spelling
No matter how you spell it, nerds are here to stay.
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The order was placed by Nerds' Canadian owners, who requested the red vehicles to match their fleet there.
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Perhaps his critique is beyond our comprehension, but we do not see Peterson and crew as nerds, geeks, brainiacs, phlegmatic nerds, etc.
hospital and began popping up in Pekar's comics, which, he says, was always a thrill, "although some of the artists would draw me a couple of pounds heavier than I actually am." Then in 1984, Radloff happened upon a movie that seemed to have been made specifically for him, Revenge of the Nerds, and saw it some 25 times in the theater.
Over 500 of Africa's most innovative technology minds, from 200 companies and 10 countries will convene in Lagos, Nigeria on February 8, 2019 for the annual Nerds Unite conference, a tech event targeted at MainOne's global, enterprise and start-up eco-system.