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geeknerd-simpsonsgeek:nerdNo (*adjusts glasses, dabs at minor nosebleed*) they’re not the same.

Scientist and software engineer Burr Settles of Slackpropogation explains:

Both are dedicated to their subjects, and sometimes socially awkward. The distinction is that geeks are fans of their subjects, and nerds are practitioners of them. A computer geek might read Wired and tap the Silicon Valley rumor-mill for leads on the next hot-new-thing, while a computer nerd might read CLRS and keep an eye out for clever new ways of applying Dijkstra’s algorithm. Note that, while not synonyms, they are not necessarily distinct either: many geeks are also nerds (and vice versa).

On ‘Geek’ Versus ‘Nerd’ (Slackprop)