«The connotations are a bit different: a geek suggests a person with special expertise, while nerd suggests social ineptness. And neither are cool.
And math, science and computer science, Dr. Anderegg said, are courses that young people too often associate with nerds and geeks. As a result, he added, “they sabotage themselves in these fields, and the nation’s work force is suffering.”»
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