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I gotta admit sometimes trolls are a little entertaining.
OH MY GOODNESS!
Well, the word “troll” is also used for promiscuous gay men who troll around the video-coin booths at porn shop trolling for other men.
You can imagine my adjustment.
Changing the word “cyber” on me was really annoying too.
I think the word “troll” is used to dismiss people too often. I generally reserve it for people who are saying extremely rude/absurd/abusive things just to get attention.
In my happy-place they are all just frustrated performance artists.
Although the internet term “troll” is considered to be about trolls under bridges, the fishing definition is just as apt.
From the WordWeb dictionary:
(n.) a fisherman’s lure that is used in trolling
(v.) to angle (fish) with a hook and line drawn through the water
I’d thought that “troll” in the internet sense actually did derive from the angling sense – the person doing it was trailing a baited hook to see who would react to them.
Pardon me for interrupting, but what’s going on? Battalion Commander dead in Fort Bragg Shooting
I hope you are OK.
So what. I like what she does now………. Everyone is free to do whatever he wants. ……..by the way this is old news.
Didaktylos: Yes, that’s correct, that was how the term was used on Usenet on the alt.usenet.kooks newsgroup, where the Bob Allisat and Pierre Salinger “Hook, Line & Sinker” awards were given out: http://www.coloneljake.com/AUK/AAD/
Now it has come to mean anyone who is intentionally seeking conflict, though often still with the connotation that it’s an insincerely expressed position.
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