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The origin of the word “Nerd”

The term “nerd” originated in Dr. Seuss’s 1950 book, “If I Ran the Zoo”. In the book, the narrator mentions collecting “a Nerkle, a Nerd, and a seersucker too” as exhibits for the fictional zoo. 

 

While the term initially had somewhat negative connotations, it has since evolved and is used more neutrally to describe people with a strong passion for intellectual or academic pursuits.



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