Conversation overheard in my living room while putting up the Christmas tree:
Ryan: (checking out all the ornaments) What's a nerd?
Me: (while unwrapping the ornaments) Well, it's someone who is a little bit of a misfit. You know, like the toys on the Island of Misfit Toys in Rudolph? Someone who is kinda bookish and smart, but not socially adept.
Ryan: Like, you mean somebody who doesn't really fit in?
Me: Yes, but the word "nerd" also implies that the person is smart, too. Mommy's a nerd, for example.
Ryan: But you don't wear glasses with tape holding them together.
Me: Or a pocket protector.
Ryan: Yeah, that's how I always picture a nerd looking. You know, with taped-up glasses and maybe suspenders or something.
Me: And a Spock haircut.
Ryan: Wait. What? But Spock's not a nerd.
Me: Sure he is--super intelligent, socially awkward? He's definitely a nerd.
Ryan: No, that's just because he's a Vulcan.
Me: Yes, but he's half-human. His human half is definitely a nerd.
Dan: (chiming in from his post straightening the branches) The fact that you two are even having this conversation puts you both firmly in the nerd category.