Dork vs Idiot - What's the difference?

dork | idiot |


As a proper noun dork

is ellis island records indicate people registering as early as 1907 with dork as their last name [http://ellisislandorg/search/matchmoreasp?lnm=dork&plnm=dork&first_kind=1&kind=exact&offset=0&dwpdone=1].

As a noun idiot is

(slang|derogatory) a proponent of intelligent design.

dork

English

Etymology 1

US 1960s, sense of "silly person" presumably from earlier use as bowdlerization of Lawrence Poston, “ Some Problems in the Study of Campus Slang,” American Speech 39, no. 2 (May 1964) (JSTOR 453113): p. 118.Historical Dictionary of American Slang, v. 1, A-G, edited by Jonathan Lighter (New York: Random House, 1994), p. 638.

Noun

(en noun)
  • * 1962 , Jerome Weidman, The Sound of Bow Bells page 362:
  • As a matter of fact, this slob was full of information today. He told me why we Jews have different dorks .
  • * 2005 , Mike Judge, Reading Sucks: The Collected Works of Beavis and Butthead :
  • "There's that dork whose wife cut off his dork ." And when people ask him for an autograph he writes, "Best of luck to Betsy. Signed, the guy whose wife cut off his penis."
  • * 1962 , Alain Robbe-Grillet, Last year at Marienbad page 167:
  • I entitled the piece "Dorky", dork being slang for a person who does not belong to popular groups, usually an outsider, an odd person, sometimes inept, other times cranky.
  • * 1967 , Don Moser and Jerry Cohen, The Pied Piper of Tucson:
  • I didn’t have any clothes and I had short hair and looked like a dork . Girls wouldn’t go out with me.
    Usage notes
    Narrowly used to indicate someone inept or out of touch, broadly used to mean simply “silly, foolish”; compare (doofus), (twit).
    Derived terms
    * dorkface * to dorkify * dorkwad * dorky
    Synonyms
    * See also * See also

    Etymology 2

    Uncertain; apparently from (etyl). See (dirk).

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (label)
  • References

    idiot

    English

    Alternative forms

    * eejit * idjit, idget (eye dialect)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (pejorative) A person of low general intelligence.
  • usage note This may be used pejoratively, as an insult. It is a weak insult, however, and between close friends, family members, or lovers, is often completely nonaggressive.
  • (obsolete, medicine, psychology) A person who lacks the capacity to develop beyond the mental age of a normal four-year-old.
  • Synonyms

    * See also

    Antonyms

    * genius