Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Teh hunting of teh snark

The english language is ever evolving to meet new situations, and one of those is blogging. I wish to share with you some of the new words I find being used by bloggers.
The first, obviously is blog. The word weblog was coined on December 17th 1997 by Jorn Barger, and shortly after was shortened to blog.
Snark seems to be a portmanteau word, combining sarcasm, snide, and possibly ironic. It is used mostly as a noun, but sometimes as a verb, with snarky, as the adverb. It refers to a satirical piece of writing.
In the comments, someone who makes provocative statements, to cause a reaction is a troll. A hostile shooting down of a troll is a flaming, and a tit-for-tat battle of comments becomes a flamewar.
Right wing nut case, has been shortened to wingnut, and people on the left are referred to, by wingnuts, as moonbats.
The one word I have not been able to find a derivation for is the very definite article Teh. It may have started as a mistyping of the, but it is now used in an emphatic sense.
So there you have it, an elementary primer to the strange new language of the Blogosphere.

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