Me: That's Packington's Pound. I could play that on the lute when I practiced. I haven't practiced in months.
E: The operative word there is 'lute'. It makes you a nerd.
Me: [open-mouthed pause.]
I can quote Star Trek.
I go to science fiction conventions.
I'm a computer programmer,
but playing the lute makes me a nerd?
E: [serene nod.] That's the gold standard for nerds.
Me: Well. At least it's a gold standard.