Am I a Geek or a Nerd?

This is something that has been annoying me as I am told there is a difference between being a geek and nerd. But can you be both if there is a difference?

According to the Merriam Webster online dictionary a ‘geek’ is “an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity (computer geek)”. Now I wouldn’t consider my self an expert in many fields but an enthusiast definately. Mostly people refer to me as this due to this blog, my political involvement and my use of things like facebook and twitter.

Now according to the same dictionary a nerd is “an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person ; especially : one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits (computer nerds)”. Okay so I aint a nerd considering I am not unstylish, have you seen my wardrobe (it has overflowed!). Unattractive? I was called a greek god by a customer and often get told quite the opposite. Socially inept? Have you ever gone out with me? I disappear as I know soooo many people!

Okay so we have decided (well I have) that I am a geek. The next person to call me a nerd gets a slap ok? (I jokes!)

I think ‘nerd’ has lost its meaning and has become one and the same with geek. That is the problem. I know I am a geek with the whole computer thing and the Magic: The Gathering and maybe soon Dungeons and Dragon (maybe then I will be a proper nerd! 😛 )

Any of ye have thoughts?

Definition of a hate crime

Im doing research at the moment on hate crime as part of overall research for the SGMHP and it came to the point of how am i going to back up my version of a hate crime so i did a few searches to see if any would back me up!

Ill give my version first

For the purpose of this survey a hate crime is any physical or verbal attack; where the victim is primarily targeted because of his or her perceived sexual orientation.

(Spillane, S 2007, to be published)

and i found the following definitions for hate crime:

n. A crime motivated by prejudice against a social group: “[His]murders were hate crimes targeting victims by gender” (Jane Caputi and Diana E.H. Russell).

American Heritage Dictionary Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


Function: noun
: a crime that violates the victim’s civil rights and that is motivated by hostility to the victim’s race, religion, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law, © 1996 Merriam-Webster, Inc.


I’d say im going to go for the second on as it actually mentions sexual orientation, which is the main cause of the hate crime that I am researching.

For more details on the research email me spiller2 (at) gmail (dot) com and ill be putting out a call for interviews shortly once i hear from my research supervisor.

What is a ‘tiger’ kidnapping

I’ve been hear the words ‘tiger’ kidnapping alot lately (at first i thought a tiger had been kidnapped or something) but i looking it up i found the following defination, and it explains it perfectly for me!

tiger kidnapping n. the abduction or holding of a hostage to persuade another person to aid in a crime.

Source, Doubled-Tongued Dictionary

Well that is that one sorted.

Another word used alot in Greys Anatomy is “Candy Strppin'”

Heres what it is!

A candy striper was traditionally a young, female hospital volunteer; a concept that originated in the 1940s. The unique job title represented the candy cane look of the red and white-striped pinafores worn by the volunteers. Traditionally, the girls sewed their own pinafores. East Orange General Hospital in New Jersey claims to have started the first candy striper program in 1944.

During the 1950s and 60s, the popularity of candy stripers was widespread. In general, the goal of a candy striper was to make a patient’s stay in the hospital more pleasant. Initially, a candy striper simply delivered mail or patient meals, but as nurses became overburdened, the volunteers took on additional duties. Now, a candy striper might help feed, or read to, a patient; assist as a patient is discharged; or deliver messages. Other duties include transporting book or video carts to patient rooms.

Much has changed in candy striping over the years. In the early years, the training to be a candy striper lasted months, but now most hospitals train the volunteers in a few days. Currently there are male candy stripers; although most hospitals have a higher percentage of young female volunteers than males. “Volunteer” is the more likely term used to refer to a candy striper nowadays, and the uniform is not likely the red and white jumper of years past.

Most hospitals accept volunteers aged 13-18 for candy striping. Hospital volunteers perform a variety of duties, which may include staffing reception areas and gift shops; filing documents; or transporting medical records, lab specimens, and drugs from unit to unit. A candy striper might also assist with cleaning duties in a hospital. In some instances, volunteers only complete clerical tasks, due to insurance liability.

A candy striper program is an excellent introduction to the field of health care. Students who are interested in the medical field often find volunteering or job shadowing at a hospital beneficial. The hospital arranges the volunteer’s schedule and the candy striper reports to a volunteer coordinator, nurse or physician.

Most hospitals require potential candy stripers to complete an application and interview session, and to provide character references and parental consent to volunteer. Other requirements include a TB skin test and physical exam. Once a young applicant is accepted as a volunteer, he or she will likely be required to wear a uniform and ID badge, observe all medical center policies, and maintain excellent conduct.

Source, WiseGEEK

Any words you have that others mighten know?