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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