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nerd +‎ -core


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈnɜːdˌkɔː/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈnɝdˌkɔɹ/
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nerdcore (uncountable)

  1. (music, humorous) An intentionally nerdy style of hip-hop music.
    • 2007 August 5, Alex Williams, “Dungeons, Dragons and Dope Beats”, in New York Times[1]:
      Many nerdcore anthems — “You Got Asperger’s” by MC Frontalot, “Fett’s Vette” by MC Chris, “View Source,” by Ytcracker (“Eagerly awaiting my macro advances/running with my beta cuz I’m taking chances”) — are as much efforts at comedy as they are attempts at sincere hip-hop.
    • 2008, GameAxis Unwired magazine (July 2008)
      A nerdcore track would take loop samples not from popular industrial tracks, but from the synthesizers of a popular NES game like Dig Dug
    • 2008, Benjamin Nugent, American Nerd: The Story of My People:
      Self-styled “nerdcore” rappers wear pocket protectors and rhyme about hard drives.
  2. (slang, chiefly attributive) The most dedicated nerds, especially in terms of computer ability.
    • 2007, HWM magazine (December 2007)
      We're tech reviewers, not nerdcore programmers…
    • 2009 March 28, Darren Zenko, “Exploring the Wii’s retro charms”, in Toronto Star[2]:
      But the warmest spot in my nerdcore heart is reserved for the old-school pleasures of the Wii Virtual Console.
    • 2008, Windows Vista magazine (Winter 2008)
      But it takes the right kind of noodle to make a great gaming rig worthy of the “nerdcore elite” (and we mean that in a good way) without spending a fortune.

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