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.

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