A person who's highly intelligent and generally is against the mainstream of society. Unlike the goths, they are truely non-conformists. In the past they were generally shunned by society due to a lack of physical attractiveness, intelligence, and unusual maturity. A great illustration of Nerd life "back in the day" is the Revenge of the Nerds movies. In the modern area a "nerd" no longer is shunned from society. A modern nerd generally likes computers and video games. They could look like the nerds of old but they can also look like normal people.
Many have theorized to why nerds have been accepted into the mainstream. Two popular theories is that when video games became mainstream nerds and their mortal enemies the jocks were able to become friends. Also because computers now dominate our society nerds are accepted.
Also take note that the portion of nerds who are still shunned from society have became either a goth or an emo.
"I love Nerds" Man..I wish girls wore those shirts back when I was a kid.
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