A little *pointwise mutual information* goes a long way, as [Burr Settles makes clear] in his discussion of the terms *geek* and *nerd*. How does he distinguish between the noun that is also a verb (something he doesn’t really discuss and I would, hmm, kinda geek out on)? He concludes:
> In broad strokes, it seems to me that geeky words are more about stuff (e.g., “#stuff”), while nerdy words are more about ideas (e.g., “hypothesis”). Geeks are fans, and fans collect stuff; nerds are practitioners, and practitioners play with ideas. Of course, geeks can collect ideas and nerds play with stuff, too. Plus, they aren’t two distinct personalities as much as different aspects of personality.
But you gotta really check out the graph. It’s really pretty astonishing.
[Burr Settles makes clear]: http://slackprop.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/on-geek-versus-nerd/