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…You should be proud of being white and nerdy?

Merriam-Webster defines nerd as an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person; especially one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits. That’s a pretty harsh description, considering there are quite a few people (myself included) who would be proud to call themselves a nerd, yet definitely not one defined by M-W. Wikipedia does a little better, defining nerd as somebody who passionately pursues academic and intellectual interests at the expense of social traits such as interpersonal communication, fashion, hygiene and physical fitness. Still pretty bad though. Thankfully DYH is here to rescue the dignity of nerds everywhere, defining a nerd as anyone who understands all of the references in Weird Al’s White and Nerdy.

How’d you do? If you understood all of the words in a rap song for the first time in your life, consider yourself a full-blown nerd, but do it with pride, there’s nothing wrong with being a little white and nerdy.

[Merriam-Webster – Nerd]

[Wikipedia – Nerd]