I love language especially the differences in connotation and denotation. The incredible thing about language is that on one level it is totally concrete and objective however on another level it is entire subjective.
What does the word Nerd mean to you?
Most Helpful Girl
Someone really passionate about something, so much that they can talk for hours and i depth about a certain subject.
Not necessarily smart or well informed in the stereotypical way nerds are perceived2
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For me, a nerd is someone who is very passionate about a certain subject, usually a subject of some academic nature (gamers are not nerds in my opinion). I am also very much into languages and into science and academia in general. I'm one of these people who could just spend his whole life at university (something that would in fact be possible since it's almost free in my country). If I didn't have to earn some money to go on vacation and feed my future children etc., I would totally do that. There are so many subjects that interest me on an academic level... I would just keep studying something until I've got a master's degree or perhaps a PhD and then I would change to another subject again. In terms of languages, I also enjoy the act of learning and truly understanding them (not understanding the meanings so much as the "system"). Most people who learn foreign languages simply want to learn them for reasons such as "it might help me in my career" or "I want to travel abroad". Personally, I'm very much against this idea of usefulness. I don't study languages because they're useful to me in any way, I study them because they are incredibly interesting in themselves and they help me understand the world. So in essence, this is what a nerd is in my opinion: somebody who is interested in science or academic subjects not so much because this knowledge translates into wealth or power or having lots of friends or anything like that but simply because that person loves learning and understanding new things.1