Whenever you hear someone explain that a concept is so foreign to this or that culture that people cannot even use their language to describe it, it is safe to assume your passport has just been stamped for entry into the Land of Bullshit. There are multiple dictionary entries for “nerd” in Chinese, including terms for a dull and tasteless person (乏味的人, fáwèi de rén) and for someone excessively enthusiastic about computers (电脑迷, diànnǎomí).

The word for “nerd” in the sense Brooks means—"pedant" or “bookworm"—is "书呆子” (shūdāizi). If you’re too shiftlessly American to have an English-Chinese dictionary handy, you can literally type “nerd” into Google Translate and find it.