Nowadays, the term nerd is almost a compliment. It suggests someone, male or female, who has an intense interest in a specific sphere. The most common is a computer nerd but I also hear people bragging: "I'm a grammar nerd".
As a matter of fact, someone who might be described as a student nerd, suggests a young person who actually enjoys studying rather than someone who is bullied and made to feel like outcast.
The TV sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, is often credited for making nerds cool. But were they they the first American TV show to do so?
Here is a YouTube clip (2009) where John Hodgman defines President Obama as being the first nerd president of the modern era.
- Which TV show, or movie, first depicted nerds (using that term) as being intelligent, and "cool" and not exclusively social outcasts, or embarrassing misfits?