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Priority: I feel like I missed a rule from the six. Please brainstorm and try to remember all of them, because I know I got something wrong.

Just out of curiosity, what makes "geekdom" such a negative thing and "nerddom" positive? I've always considered myself a TIPster, a geek, and a nerd--especially geeky in such subjects in which I am particularly savvy, such as Tolkien.

I've never come across a TIPster who's denied being such (besides the whole "TIP student" thing). What I have found are TIPsters who deny the (imo) essential nerdiness of TIP, to the point of denying being nerdy or geeky at all, but still a TIPster. My group of friends generally shunned these as being "sporty nerds," who maybe were forced to attend a math class here their first year, and then returned just for their fellow "sporty nerds." Obviously my fringe geekiness, the general "unpopularity" that I experienced at TIP, which is supposed to be the place for all the "unpopulars" of real life, prejudiced me in this matter.

So, what am I trying to say here? I don't know. Just that there's a difference in everyone's definitions of these basic terms, and we need to find one that transcends campuses and doesn't denigrate anyone's personal status. I certainly would not like to go around now labelling people as "sporty nerds," since they're here to stay and make TIP TIP as much as fringe geeks like me.

Can we have a little discussion on this? Oh, yeah, and I'm totally editing that last bit out; I just don't like doing stuff like that without an explanation.

So, what is a TIPster?

Memoriae 11:57, 29 October 2006 (MST)

Careful not to use the phrase "ex-TiPster", guys. There is no such thing. Once a TiPster, always a TiPster.