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Is Troll an overused term?

  1. Apr 24, 2004 #1
    Don't you think "troll" is such an overused word on the internet?

    You say something someone doesn't agree with, and they accuse you of being a troll.

    It's used as an insult.

    Trolls use the word "troll".

    I think the person who invented that word should think about the damage he has done to the internet. No matter what forum or chat I go into, I always see someone accusing someone else of being a troll.

    Somebody has got to invent a new word.

    In fact, anyone that can't think of a better word to use deserves anything he gets from a real troll. It should be a censored word on forums since it's used on every thread on some forums.


    I can't stand to see that word again.
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  3. Apr 24, 2004 #2


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  4. Apr 24, 2004 #3

    So, what's the history of that word anyways? I don't remember seeing it during the 90's when the internet wasn't as common.

    The good old days...
  5. Apr 24, 2004 #4

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    Ummmmmmmmmmmm, I have never witnessed someone being callled a troll online. Isnt a troll a slimy Norse mythological creature. Or a fairytale character who lived under a bridge and didnt like billy goats gruff. What is being a "troll"?
  6. Apr 24, 2004 #5


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    troll: noun, one who trolls; verb, to fish by dragging bait or a lure at low speed --- hence, the "internet troll" who fishes for attention by dragging controversial topics through groups of people on forums.
  7. Apr 25, 2004 #6
    If you spend enough time on the idiot, you'll see it used a lot.

    Annoying as hell. They've got to find a replacement. Luckily it doesn't appear that much on this site.
  8. Apr 25, 2004 #7


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    Trolls were not,in general, slimy, but they usually had a couple of firs growing behind their ears.
    When exposed to the sun, most of them were turned to stone (that's why we have so many mountains in Norway!).
    In a similar vein, perhaps one should expose the modern day trolls to piercing rays of logic?
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