Let the record show: We fully recognize that not all geeks wear glasses. (Glasses by Moscot; Illustration by The Washington Post)

What does “geek” mean?

A piece by Becky Chambers for The Mary Sue explores what it means to be a “geek” — a word she finds to be interchangeable with “nerd” but not synonymous with “lonely” or ”maladjusted.”

After exploring the challenge of bringing more girls into the science, engineering, technology and mathematics fields, it’s a fitting lunch break:

Being a geek is all about your own personal level of enthusiasm, not how your level of enthusiasm measures up to others. If you like something so much that a casual mention of it makes your whole being light up like a halogen lamp, if hearing a stranger fondly mention your favorite book or game is instant grounds for friendship, if you have ever found yourself bouncing out of your chair because something you learned blew your mind so hard that you physically could not contain yourself — you are a geek.

Thanks to Explore for putting this on my path by way of It’s Okay to be Smart.

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