Last night, I was having dinner with a friend who is currently studying English as her second language, and I said the word 'nerd'. Obviously, this isn't a word that you read about in your language textbooks, so she asked me to describe what a nerd is.
I told her that nerds are the socially awkward kids in school who get straight As and know a lot about a certain subject, like math or some sort of science - and that no one hangs out with them because they're a nerd. She asked me why 'nerd' was a bad thing. After all, knowledge only helps us become successful in life, doesn't it?
I honestly didn't know what to say. Why is intelligence something we make fun of?