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- adjective Very much
whiteor Caucasian; following the stereotypesof the white race to the exclusion of others.
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They linked to a New York times article discussing linguist Mary Bucholtz's research that finds nerds to be "hyperwhite" (based on studying a group of middle class white nerds).
People who are considered nerds tend to act in ways that are, as she puts it, “hyperwhite.”
Though Bucholtz uses the term “hyperwhite” to describe nerd language in particular, she claims that the “symbolic resources of an extreme whiteness” can be used elsewhere.
Certainly, “hyperwhite” seems a good word for the sartorial choices of paradigmatic nerds.
Indeed, “hyperwhite” works as a description for nearly everything we intuitively associate with nerds, which is why Hollywood has long traded in jokes that try to capitalize on the emotional dissonance of nerds acting black (Eugene Levy saying, “You got me straight trippin’, boo”) and black people being nerds (the characters Urkel and Carlton in the sitcoms “Family Matters” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”).