I rather be a nerd than a normie. Nerds are awesome. We pretty much run shit these days. Normies are lame and just badly follow everything we do.
But really, as far as insults go when growing up in the 90's and 2000's, being called a homophobic slur whether the word started with an "F" or not was a much bigger issue. "Nerd" kinda took a back seat to that, especially in middle school when most people at my age were into Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! with some Magic The Gathering kids in the mix, and of course the explosion of Shonen Jump and Toonami.