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I’ve spoken before about theologeeks and Methodorks. Now meet their lunch-buddy the liturginerd.

Theologeeks, Methodorks, and liturginerds—oh my! These three terms all refer to Christians who are extra enthusiastic about something to do with their church life, whether that’s theology, the liturgy, or just being an awesome Methodist. Sounds like stuff worth getting excited about!

What these three terms also have in common is that they are word blends. In each case, the word geekdork, or nerd has been combined linguistically with a religious-oriented noun.

These three blended words could maybe also be classified as puns, depending on how strictly you choose to define a pun. Some people are of the mind that a pun has to be a common word that is being used in place of another different but similar-sounding common word; so these playful neologisms might not qualify as puns since they don’t really count as “common words.”

You know, in some circles it’s not cool to be labeled a geek, a dork, or a nerd, but these Christianese terms all have a very affectionate and playful connotation to them, based on the quotations I’ve gathered (see below). I might even go so far as to say that by attaching the words “theology,” “Methodism,” and “liturgy” to these taunts of “geek,” “dork,” and “nerd,” we’ve kind of redeemed these hurtful words and breathed into them a new life.

Do you know any more fun Christianese words that are a blend of two other words? Share them with us in the comments!


liturginerd n. [liturgy + i + nerd; see *liturgy nerd] Also liturgi-nerd; liturgy nerd; liturgical nerd. Someone who is deeply interested in liturgical matters, such as orders of worship, sacred music, sacramental rituals, and the traditional liturgical calendar. Sometimes such interest extends to other church topics, such as church architecture or church polity.
2008 (3 Feb.) : This is for all you liturginerds (if you don’t know what that means, you are probably not one). Well, maybe not just liturginerds, but you nerdies who love to observe the seasons of the church year (yes, I will name myself in this category.) 2010 (23 Jun.) : If you are one of us borderline-snobby liturginerds who likes to gawk at pictures of churches all day (which is everyone who writes for and reads this blog), you may want to gulp in that sip of coffee in your mouth before you get to the pictures. 2011 (May) : Those are seriously awesome baptism shots [=photographs], and I’m not just saying that as a liturginerd. 2011 (19 Nov.) : I love the liturgical year! I think it is wonderful that the Church guides us in how live the faith. Each season, She gives us ways to celebrate, remember, mourn, and prepare so that we can truly live the Christian life. Yes, I admit to being a Liturgi-nerd, but I just love how alive the Church is! 2012 Trinity Episcopal Church (Parkersburg, WV) Trinity Times (Apr.) 3 : The item was a large print 1904 King Edward VII Book of Common Prayer, published for American use with the help of the royal printers of His Majesty the King…. I was excited. I think this means two things. First, I am a church nerd (liturginerd is another name for it). 2012 Tangled Blue Music News (Advent) : Happy Advent! We started out our Advent season with a bang on Sunday. Aimee and I led twelve songs in two congregations! This first week in the season (Advent 1C for you liturginerds out there) held a number of readings that influenced our Advent recording. 2013 (20 Jan.) : Before the rehearsal, he led the whole wedding party in sprucing up the chapel, using a blowtorch to get melted wax off the metal candle stands…the tricks for ironing a really long fair linen and getting in place without re-wrinkling it. As a self-professed “liturgi-nerd,” I found all of these altar care tricks fascinating to learn. 2013 (30 Oct.) : The wedding started about 5:00, a full hour later than scheduled. It was chanted entirely in Coptic, with incense, and ritual, in a gorgeous Coptic church. I didn’t understand a word (except for God, George, and Mariam—the groom and bride), but the liturgi-nerd in me was in awe of the liturgy and the chanting and the beautiful icons, carving, and painting throughout the sanctuary.
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