To Troll or Not to Troll.. that is the question

(Carol Lokocki) #21

Ok Peter thanks for the info

(stella wood) #22

OK… own up folks… how many of you started humming the Troll song when you noticed the video I had posted…

No need to post/reply here… just keep humming and smiling… :relaxed:

(Al Rogers) #23

At the risk of being considered a troll, I’d like to come to the defence of those feisty Scandinavian woodland dwellers, who have been accused unfairly of mischief on the internet. I much prefer the alternative definition of troll as a reference to the leisurely fishing technique of trolling. Wikipedia covers it pretty well:

"In modern English usage, “trolling” may describe the fishing technique of slowly dragging a lure or baited hook from a moving boat[20] whereas trawling describes the generally commercial act of dragging a fishing net. Early non-Internet slang use of “trolling” can be found in the military: by 1972 the term “trolling for MiGs” was documented in use by US Navy pilots in Vietnam. It referred to use of “…decoys, with the mission of drawing…fire away…”[21]

"The contemporary use of the term is alleged to have appeared on the Internet in the late 1980s,[22][23] but the earliest known attestation according to the Oxford English Dictionary is in 1992.[24][25][26]

“The context of the quote cited in the Oxford English Dictionary[25] sets the origin in Usenet in the early 1990s as in the phrase “trolling for newbies”.”

The defence rests. By the way, I thoroughly enjoyed the Troll Hunter film too. Well worth a watch.

(Timothy Cole) #24

On a football trip to Norway in the early 1990’s nearly every gift shop sold trolls and I bought one as a present for my wife. It looked very similar to this -


Unfortunately when the marriage ended a few years later she took all the ornaments from the house including said troll, to this day it’s something I bitterly regret letting her take.

Just thought I’d share this sad memory.

(Véronique Langlands) #25

I thought it was a fishing reference too.

(stella wood) #26

Some of you will be old enough to remember, way back when…

“I’m Special”… from the Pretenders… get those feet tapping folks…