How do you express your geekery? Do you own obvious paraphernalia like a Horde-symbol bumper sticker, in-joke tshirts like the dps/ups pun, or less obviously related items like a gift from a guildie? Rather than physical indicators, do you mix nerd lingo into your everyday speech or talk/post about geekdom in non-nerd spaces? How do you advertise your nerd tendencies? Does it help you to attract new nerd friends?Today's Shared Topic comes from Akabeko, author of red cow rise. And this is right up my ally.
I have a Horde symbol on the back of my mini van. I've had it for years now and I love it. I don't have a good picture here with me, but here's a picture of it from this summer. (I took a picture of my garage and it happened to be in the background).
Just recently, I got a ring to express my resto druid-ness. I really like it and only take it off to sleep/shower. It's basically a replacement for the wedding ring that I lost 4 years ago. (Give or take a year.)
I also have the epic druid shirt from J!nx as well as a shirt that says "I logged out for this?". I have purchased a Horde hat for my husband as well as a couple shirts. (I can't link all the ones he has, he's got one from Maintankadin, one from J!nx, one from Blizzcon, etc.) I'm almost always 'representing' in one way or another!
As far as nerd lingo, my group of friends are always throwing WoW terms around, mostly because we all either played or currently play the game. (The exception to that is my husband's coworker, his wife and our other friend's girlfriend.)
I have gotten my mother to start saying "L2Blah". My grandmother knows what epic is.
As far as attracting new people, I live and work in a small town. It is hard to get to know anyone here since there is nothing really that happens after hours and I don't like to go to the bars. I have gotten a few people to shout at me "For the Horde" or "F the Horde". It's pretty exciting.
I'd like to get a sticker for my car that says "My other mount is a windrinder" or something. I'm just like that. I wear my faction pride all over myself. Lok'tar Ogar!