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Quick Brit-pick check. - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Quick Brit-pick check.
"Nerd"--too American? If so, is there a better word? (The British English translator online suggests boffin or anorak, but, er... I have no clue.)
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jesspallas From: jesspallas Date: February 14th, 2011 07:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Nerd is used but it's definately more American than a Britishism. Anorak is a decent equivilent - boffin has more the overtones of being excessively clever in a geeky way where as anorak implies geekiness on an epic scale.

Hope that helps. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 14th, 2011 08:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Anorak it is, then.

(In the background, I currently have PS/SS the movie on en español. I feel I am being sufficiently educated in Potter language tonight. ;p) "Terribles, si... pero grandiosas!"

Edited at 2011-02-14 08:12 am (UTC)
rotae From: rotae Date: February 14th, 2011 08:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Boffin is kinda computer nerdy specifically if that helps at all? LOL.

tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: February 14th, 2011 09:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Seconding the vote for 'anorak'.
st_aurafina From: st_aurafina Date: February 14th, 2011 09:52 am (UTC) (Link)
If you mean bookish and kind of good at school, you could say 'swot'.
arnel_63 From: arnel_63 Date: February 14th, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Almost all references to "nerd" are about a person who is really smart about something and/or dresses the way they feel comfortable rather than according to fashion trends. He or she is also the one with the thick glasses or buck teeth everyone ridicules at school who grows up to be very successful; someone like Bill Gates of Microsoft Computers. You might even consider Hermione Granger a nerd before she meets Harry and Ron.

Also, you'll hear terms like computer-nerd or computer-geek meaning that someone is extremely knowledgable about the computer.

I hope this helps.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 15th, 2011 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Nerd is fine, I think "boffin" and "swot" are a little bit dated now - bit like referring to your "chums" instead of "mates". Teddy-era kids would be more likely to call someone a "nerd" or "geek", I was definitely a nerd in Secondary School in the late 90s London and probably would have been beaten up for being "too posh" if I called myself a swot or boffin.

I've always thought of "anorak" as being more of a total social disaster (e.g. the type of person who not only enjoys trainspotting but also can't hold a conversation about anything else without freezing up) Also, I don't think "anorak" has the same connotations of intelligence as "nerd" or "swot".

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