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Someone who enjoys learning and obtaining new information in general for it's own sake, often without discrimination to different areas of knowledge. The key to recognizing a nerd is if they are completely indifferent to the application of what they learn; they are not inherently inclined to use or not to use the information.

Someone who is a nerd could also be a geek, who is passionate about highly specific interests, or a dork, who is a social outcast, but they do not have to be.
Person 1: Do you intend to do anything with your advanced degree in Russian Literature?
Person 2: I could, but honestly it's just interesting to study it. I could go my entire life without using the information I gain and still feel fulfilled.
Person 1: Wow, what a nerd.
by Mr. ZAP February 13, 2011
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One of the "big two" comic companies (the other being Marvel Comics). DC is responsible for such cultural figures as Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern and Aquaman, although there are hundreds of heroes and thousands of characters in the DC Universe. They are mostly known for their superhero comics in the "DC Universe or DCU" although they do have other divisions, including the major imprint Vertigo Comics which focuses on comics aimed more for adults with many standalone series and the (recently closed and as of August 2011 planned to be integrated into the main DCU) Wildstorm, which had many creator owned superhero comics as well as a manga division.

Starting in 1985 with the famous Crisis On Infinite Earths DC has had many large scale crossovers in their multiverse that retconned large parts of continuity, reaching a peak in the late 2000's when they had three major retcon crossovers starting in 2005 and finishing in 2011 (with possibly more to come). Good job on messing up your continuity so much DC.

One funny thing about DC Comics is that it's not the original company name and the "DC" was taken from one of the more popular (and still ongoing) lines called Detective Comics, which is the comic that introduced Batman. This means technically the full name is Detective Comics Comics.
Person 1: Hey, I recently heard DC Comics is rebooting the DCU. It's now going to have a multiverse with 374 universes, Wonder Woman is now a Martian and the Flash is a talking bear! It's called Ultimate Final Last Crisis 2.0!
Person 2: Ugh. I love DC. It has great characters. But they have too many big retcons. I wish they'd just be stricter on maintaining continuity. Is it any wonder why so many people who want to get into comics feel intimidated and don't know where to start?
by Mr. ZAP August 5, 2011
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One who is socially outcast either due to ineptness, idiosyncratic interests, or behavior. That's it. However, there are a few subcateogires.

1. One who does not realize they are doing anything wrong due to ignorance about social conventions. This person might want to be accepted but does not know how to become so. This variety is the most likely to suffer from bullying.

2. One who realizes they are not always accepted by peers because of varying reasons, such as an "unpopular' interest or a refusal to accept social norms. In other words, they forsake acceptance for individuality. These are most likely to be a part of one the various sub-cultures.

3. One who realizes they are not behaving in a socially acceptable manner but choose to go with it anyway because they think the "correct" manner is stupid. Most likely to be a jerk.
Example 1:
"I wish I had more friends. I just find social conventions to be difficult to understand. Woe is me."

Example 2:
"I could be with the cool kids, but at what cost? I'd rather be ostracized as a dork than have to give up my goth-y exterior. It's who I am."

Example 3:
...Nothing really is as good an example as Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, is there? Just look him up.
by Mr. ZAP February 13, 2011
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One who passionately engages in one or more things to extreme levels. A commonly ascribed term to people in the field of computer programming, but one does not have to be in a technical field to be a geek. The only criteria is an intense level of interest in something, often to a highly specialized degree.

The term currently seems to be most used when referring to various fandoms. Whatever you do, never mention the Endor Holocaust to a group of Star Wars geeks. It will become amazingly convoluted.
I just finished creating a full-sized exact replica of the Mystery Machine from Scooby-Doo, complete with seat indentations based on the estimated weight of each member of Mystery Inc. I'm such a geek!
by Mr. ZAP February 13, 2011
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