“You’re such a dork!”
We’ve all said it. Perhaps your bestie decided to try the old straws-up-the-nose for her classic walrus impression. Or maybe your brother is ranting on again about his field of study, completely unaware that no one in the room actually has any idea what he’s talking about. Or this time it was your mom’s familiar corny jokes (sorry Mom, it’s true!).
Perhaps sadly, none of these are true dorks. Trust me I know, I’m married to a geek. And difference in definitions means everything. Today while the geeks are online getting every shred of info they can about Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference and lamenting that this will be the first without Steve Jobs, the hardcore dorks are holed up in a dark room with a favorite book or game, only vaguely aware that anything so epic is happening. So here we have…
Dorks are more likely to lack social grace than nerds, and therefore are often loners. Dorks have no hope of blending in. Unlike nerds they likely have neither the smarts nor the drive to devote themselves to studies. A dork is more likely driven to activities such as MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games, for those of you that aren’t yet fluent in geek) or if they grew up in the 80s DnD (Dungeons and Dragons), though these activities may also occupy the nerds and geeks from time to time. Dorks are the most likely of the groups to be interested in the genre of fantasy (think of that one guy in your high school math class that knew how to speak elvish). Dorks may know how to fix your computer for you, but they likely won’t help. This category is definitely dominated by the guys.
Do you know a dork? Think this definition seems to fit? I look forward to hearing your take below. Next week we’ll finally get to my personal favorite, the geeks.