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How I know I’m enough of a nerd for law school:

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Last night, as I sat on mid-shift at 0215 in the basement of the Pentagon(sometimes a very lonely place), my boredom reached new levels.
Instead of rereading for the 25th (or was it 28th?) time of the night, I decided to learn the 500 most common Latin and Greek roots that most words are derived from. So here I am, in the midst of creating flash cards for my own random self-study goals.
Maybe someday during a conversation at a firm, I’ll randomly interject – “oh – autocrat comes from the Greek roots ‘auto’, meaning ‘self’, and ‘crat’, meaning ‘rule’. I’m so smart! Grovel at my feet!” – even though we weren’t talking about anything remotely related to autocrats.
Undoubtedly, everyone will be impressed and pay me hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
I’d say this is a good first step toward world domination.


Written by DMN

July 3, 2008 at 8:13 am

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  1. Yep. You’re a nerd.

    Now a Geek would have been researching encryption, figuring out how much a private aircraft costs, charting his workouts for the next week, and checking various webcomics.

    Thats why I’m a Geek and you’re a Nerd. The only real difference is that you’re working to increase your net worth, I’m playing to have fun.

    – T. Ohhe

    T. Ohhe

    July 3, 2008 at 9:07 am

  2. Well, I think it’s kind of fun too to be able to call random knowledge like this at highly inappropriate times.

    My goal is to awkwardly thrust the etymology of words into conversation, whether people want it or not, essentially being the ultimate buzzkill at parties. Guys will recruit my services at a heavy price (free booze) to make themselves look better due to my ridiculous lack of social skills.

    You’re welcome to join my company 🙂 I have a feeling you’ll be a natural!


    July 3, 2008 at 10:24 am

  3. I think that would help a hell of a lot with my own education, actually. I’m almost envious.


    July 3, 2008 at 10:20 pm


    It’ll take about 500 flash cards I think (guestimate). I’m putting the root on one side, then on the backside –

    m: (insert meaning here)

    ex: (insert examples here)

    I suppose I’ve probably made about 100 at this point. I just throw on an action flick and make em as I watch.


    July 4, 2008 at 12:38 am

  5. Hahaha–by “refined palate” I think you mean “you drink too much.”

    The basement of the Pentagon, and the boredom it creates, seems a lot like Which is why I must blog.

    If your ancestors and my ancestors had a drinking contest, yours would win. But if they had a math contest, mine would probably win.

    I wouldn’t be on that team, however. I couldn’t do math to save my life.

    (P.S. I updated your link on my blogroll!)


    July 4, 2008 at 12:01 pm

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