Clothing is only the most visible battleground in the war against formality. Nerds tend to eschew formality of any sort. They're not impressed by one's job title, for example, or any of the other appurtenances of authority.
Indeed, that's practically the definition of a nerd. I found myself talking recently to someone from Hollywood who was planning a show about nerds. I thought it would be useful if I explained what a nerd was. What I came up with was: someone who doesn't expend any effort on marketing himself.
A nerd, in other words, is someone who concentrates on substance.
"South Sea Bubble" Bursts
During 1720, the South Sea Company's massive investment scheme involving overseas trade began to falter. On September 29, any hopes of saving the project ended as jittery investors--whose shares had lost more than 80% of their value--began a run on the banks. To inflate stock value artificially, company investors and directors created rumors suggesting that exclusive trade rights with Spain's Pacific colonies would soon be granted. Unheard-of 10% dividends were announced, and dummy companies were formed, making investment fraud as tempting as the Internet "dot com" enterprises of the 1990s would be. W. & R. Chambers's Book of Days (1864) reported: "The Duke of Bridgewater and the Duke of Chandos were among the schemers. By these deceptive projects, which numbered nearly a hundred, one million and a half sterling was won and loss [sic] by crafty knaves and covetous fools. The only policy of the projectors was to raise the shares in the market, and then sell out, leaving the bubble to burst."
« Older Language started with emotional signaling.... | Greedo and Han Solo: Who shot ... Newer »
This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments
Buy a Shirt