That picture looks ancient because, well, it is... but also because it was printed by me about 20 years ago in a black & white darkroom, from a 20 year old (at the time) 126 colour negative. (ETA: I actually dodged out the shadow of the picture taker -- which you can still sort of see -- with my hand during the print exposure lol.)
The b&w image of you in the 2011 thread is all kinds of cute as well.
(This post was edited by SirDennisC on Oct 16 2012, 3:18am)
Aw Sador, I have great difficulty believing that...
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perhaps not so much based on the origins of the term, but definitely based on its current usage.
And isn't that what this thread is really about? The current usage of terms? It's cool to be a geek, and to a lesser extent, a nerd (depending on inflection) right now. And many of us can honestly say that "we were geeks before it was cool" -- which makes us hipsters I guess
Based on my memories of childhood (early 90s), at least in my area:
Geek and nerd were used more or less synonymously, but the latter was more common. Common 'preference' of geek evolved because the word nerd hit too close to home, in my opinion. Now that it's actually starting to be cool to be geeky, I am hearing more actual profanity or body-related criticisms coming from children who wish to insult each other. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
In the 80's, I called myself a nerd once, and the mean girls looked down their noses at me and said, no, nerds were cool and there was nothing cool about me. They told me I was nothing but a huge geek So I guess I'm a geek, but I need to find a nice way to look at it, not as a self-put-down. Note: the mean girls tried to dress "nerd chic" by wearing big clown like shoes and high waisted pants and suspenders and ties and fake broken glasses. I just thought they looked goofy! I preferred my true friends: the band and drama geeks, heavy metal loving, blue jean wearing, some of them rebellious tough attitude in leather and smoking cigarettes...but gentle and kind to all, tough kid or weirdo like me, once you got to know them.