I hear this word NERD a lot on campus. Do you know the etymology of NERD???

The etymology of NERD:

Earlier spelling of the term is “Nurd” and the original spelling is “Knurd”, but the pronunciation has remained the same. The term originated at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the late 1940s. Students who partied, and rarely studied were called “Drunks”, while the opposite — students who never partied and always studied were “Knurd” (“Drunk” spelled backwards). The term was also (independently) used in a Dr. Seuss book and on the TV show Happy Days, giving it international popularity….








7 Responses

  1. Molly Says:

    Being called a Knurd is a compliment…how about the etymology of Dork?

  2. Noelle Says:

    And what about Geeks???? :)

  3. Prag Says:

    m surprise about relating knurd to drunk

  4. Vaibhav Says:

    Haha! I never knew this. Do we have more such etymologies for other campus words?! ;)

  5. Wall Decals Says:

    nerds and geeks make money

  6. Kabish Shah Says:

    Cannot argue with that Wall!

  7. Kabish Shah Says:

    Yes Vaibhav. I will keep them posted accordingly!

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