" ...perhaps John called it right, if I received a email written in this
vein I would think it was from a Troll too..."
Who, exactly, are Trolls? Are there some special coffee-related Trolls?
When our daughter were young they played with little "sort of cute ugly"
little dolls -- trolls similar to the baby Trolls of the Scandinavian
legends. (They were made in Sweden, I think.) They liked them better than
the Babies or usual cute "little girl statues" many girls use as dolls.
(They never had the Smoky Mountain Trolls, seehttp://creationsbycarole.com/trolls.htm)
See "How do you recognize a troll" below -- that was close to my
understanding. I thought that, for people in this country, Trolls are
perhaps mischievous but generally friendly creatures who do things like, in
our house, putting a bag of green coffee beans in a place where it should
not be, or untying the string so that some coffe beans spill out; trolls
also spill coffee on the newspaper ... but I would not expect a Troll to
cause John to put his fingers on the Hot HotTop.
But, than we read about and saw the Mountain Troll in the Harry Potter ...
and that does not look friendly at all.
I know about the derived troll such as:
"troll. 1. vn [From the Usenet group alt.folklore.urban] To utter a posting
on Usenet designed to attract predictable responses or flames; or, the post
Maybe it was a Troll who broke our HotTop? BTW, UPS should bring a
replacement HotTop this afternoon, can't wait.
Fromhttp://users.skynet.be/fa023784/about.html#headHow do you recognize a troll? If you go into the deep dark forest one night,
preferably during late October or early November, and suddenly get the
feeling that you are followed by something which just wants to follow you
for a while, then it's probably not a a bear or a wolf or another human, but
a troll, because trolls are always on the lookout for friends in the most
impossible places. Although they've had bad experiences with some members of
the human race (city planners etc.), trolls actually like people, they just
don't know how to make friends with us because we're so easily scared by
anything which is different and outside our control. The sad thing is that
trolls, despite their frightening appearance, actually are very gentle
creatures who like to watch the midnight sun from a mountain peak or listen
to the rain while resting in a cave after a long day's walk.
As used on the Internet:
1) As a verb, the practice of trying to lure other Internet users into
sending responses to carefully-designed incorrect statements or similar
"bait." In a real example, a Usenet newsgroup contributor mentioned the
discovery of an ancient African carving containing a list of prime numbers.
The contributor further listed some of the prime numbers found and included
some numbers that, in fact, are not prime numbers. Other contributors then
sent serious replies, correcting the list of prime numbers cited.
2) Also as a verb, as a synonym for "surf."
3) As a noun, in emulation of the small mischievous figures of Scandinavian
legend, a figure (or one of a group of figures) that you can pretend to be
in the chat groups and games called MUD and MOO and their variations.
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