A Nerkle and a Nerd

Okay, what does a Nerkle, a Nerd and a Seersucker have in common? Anyone?

These creatures, along with a Preep and a Proo, mark the first recorded use of the word "Nerd".  The date was 1950, and the author was none other than the venerable Dr. Suess.  The book was If I Ran the Zoo, and the line reads, "And then, just to show them, I'll sail to Ka-Troo And Bring Back an It-Kutch a Preep and a Proo A Nerkle a Nerd and a Seersucker, too!" .  Now, can you possibly think of any more honorable lineage for a nerd than straight from the pen of Dr. Suess?  I feel like royalty.

This title certainly tops other terms used to describe the nerd type.  A geek, for example, can trace its roots to a circus performer that bit the heads off of chickens.  Definitely not a choice model.  There are others, but I won't repeat them here for fear of mixed company…

Of course, things could have just as easily gone another way.  Could you imagine reading NerkleBeach?


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