National Be A Dork Day

From the 1950s through the 1980s, the word “dork” was a derogatory word for someone who was clumsy and socially awkward. In other words, it was a word reserved for the outcasts of society. Although the origin of this word is currently unknown, some people believe that it was derived from the Scottish word “dork,” which meant a stupid or dull person.

Regardless of its origins, however, it was a word that was used to turn people into caricatures of themselves and belittle their importance. Fortunately, a holiday was created that attempts to reclaim the word “dork” and to put a more positive spin on it.

This holiday is known as National Be a Dork Day — a day that’s observed on July 15th and encourages all of us to embrace our inner dork. After all, no matter how cool or suave we appear to be to the rest of the world, there is a little social awkwardness lurking in us all.

The History Of National Be A Dork Day

As some people may have already figured out, this holiday was created by Thomas and Ruth Roy of This website is well known for creating unique, silly, and sometimes outrageous holidays for people to enjoy.

They’ve created holidays such as Embrace Your Geekness Day (July 13th), Bad Poetry Day (August 18th), and Name Your PC Day (November 20th). We’re not entirely sure when they invented National Be a Dork Day, but we do know that they invented it to encourage people to be dorky — if only for just one day.

Observing National Be A Dork Day

Wearing an ugly shirt on this day, doing something nerdy, or simply doing something silly are just some of the ways that people can observe this holiday.

People can also spread the word about this holiday across the Internet simply by using the hashtag #NationalBeADorkDay. It’s a good way to encourage everyone to embrace their inner dork and free themselves from social scrutiny.

When is it?
This year (2024)
July 15 Monday
Next year (2025)
July 15 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
July 15 Saturday
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