At long last, we might settle this question. I am reprinting part of a conversation I had with JediTricks.
I seek permission to represent both Nerds and Geeks for this discussion.
I would debate that there is a difference in definitions between "nerd" and "geek."
Best Buy promotes people presumably handy with computer repair as "tech geeks" (their Geek Squad). These people are (presumably) smart.
Yes, a geek may be socially inept, but they are still smart.
It is true that this might translate to being smart in so far as remembering trivial facts from fictional fantasy: such as Optimus Prime was once Orion Pax. You had to watch probably only 1 or 2 very specific episodes to know that (or be plugged in to fandom outlets) - and remember it from 1984.
Now isn't a nerd just a fanboy? A nerd would know the Orion Pax reference, perhaps. Or they might just be socially inept. But is there any basis in conventional language to promote the nerd as being SMART? (There might be. I just don't have the reference myself.)
So therefore, if you want to talk about your fandom, should you not refer to your "inner-nerd," and your technological intelligence as your "inner geek?"
It may often be possible for us to be both Nerds and a Geeks, but those characteristics refer to different parts of our personalities.
What do you think?