Do you know the difference between a nerd and a geek? Maybe you think you do. But it turns out the semantics of these social concepts are deeply personal, especially for people who identify as “nerd” or “geek”. The words “nerd” and “geek” have very different etymologies, even though now they can almost be used interchangeably.

There are many people who prefer to be called a “geek” because of that empowerment factor. Others think differently though. Some think a nerd is a compliment and geek is an insult. But maybe a famous tv actor of the hit comedy series The Big Bang Theory has this interesting thing to say between a nerd and a geek.

Kunal Nayyar, who plays “Raj Koothrappali” on the CBS show “The Big Bang Theory,” said he relates to the geek culture portrayed in the show.

“I know what it feels like to be passionate about something,” he said. “And these guys are very passionate about their lifestyle. They’re very passionate about comic books, they’re very passionate about what they wear, they’re very passionate about their work.”

“So the term ‘geek’ or ‘nerd,’ it really just transcends to someone who’s very passionate about a certain lifestyle. You see a lot of people living their lives in the middle. These guys don’t. They don’t live their life in the middle, they go for whatever they want. And of course, according to the regular society it’s really not the norm, but I think we share that similarity: I’m very passionate about my craft and my acting, and these guys are very passionate about astrophysics,” Nayyar said.

What do you think?

But do you think he cares? I don’t think so. He held that title for 13 straight years. That already means something. It ain’t easy holding on to that title for so many years consecutively. The investor, Warren Buffett is the now richest man on the planet followed by Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim HelĂș. Gates ranks third now.

It was said that Gates’ fortune would have grown higher has Microsoft not bought Yahoo!. Guess the investors really do not have faith with Yahoo! even though it is now backed with Microsoft’s massive financial power. Even with Buffet’s top ranking, it won’t last long as he had long promised to give away his fortune posthumously, most going to Bill Gates’ foundation.

Still, I am sure that these people do not really care about the title. It does give them exposure more but in the end it is how they use the money they earn that defines who they really are.

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