Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Day

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Day is an official holiday in my house. According to the calculations of Larry Granillo, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off occurred on 5 June 1985, which ironically falls on a Sunday this year.

In honor of the 26th anniversary, I give you Ferris Club*:

*If you have not seen Fight Club, you will not get this; but, if you have not seen Fight Club, that probably happens to you a lot.

Whither Dweebery?

Oh, he’s very popular, Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wasteoids, dweebies, dickheads — they all adore him. They think he’s a righteous dude.
-Grace in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Lost in the endless arguments over the definition of “geek” and “nerd” – let alone the competition for superiority – is what happened to the “dweebs” and “dorks”? Are they still out there? Have we misclassified them in the geek/nerd hegemony? Are “dweebs” and “dorks” just the juvenile form of “geeks” or “nerds”? If so, which nomenclature came first? Did they go extinct with no one to morn their passing? Did global warming get them?

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