nerdism

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

nerd +‎ -ism

Noun[edit]

nerdism (countable and uncountable, plural nerdisms)

  1. (informal) The practices or behaviours of nerds; nerdiness.
    • 2002, Lori Kendall, Hanging Out in the Virtual Pub (page 87)
      Nerdism in both men and women is held to decrease sexual attractiveness, but in men this is compensated by the relatively masculine values attached to intelligence and computer skills.
    • 2007 January 15, Virginia Heffernan, “He-Men Strut Stuff to Romance New York”, New York Times:
      When the hypothetical Gore nephew look-alike Mr. Boston awkwardly tried to cut in on her conversation with the tough-looking Chance, Mr. Boston seemed to have blown it, especially as he spouted nervous nerdisms like “You need Ritalin” in response to Chance’s practiced baiting.

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