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Topic: COMPUTERS

Date: 1900-2000
Origin: Probably from nerd, name of a strange creature in If I Ran the Zoo (1950) by Dr. Seuss, U.S. children's writer

nerd

noun
     
nerd [countable] informal
1TD someone who seems only interested in computers and other technical things - used to show disapproval [= geek]:
2 someone who seems very boring and unfashionable, and is not good in social situations
nerdy adjective:
nerdy glasses
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