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February 20, 2011
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The verb X originates from Old French Xer, a hunting term. The noun X, however, comes from the Old Norse word for a mythological creature.

In modern English usage, the verb form of X refers to a fishing technique of slowly dragging a lure or baited hook from a moving boat, waiting for fish to strike. The word also evokes the Xs portrayed in Scandinavian folklore and children’s tales, where they are often creatures bent on mischief and wickedness.The contemporary use of the term is alleged to have first appeared on the Internet in the late 1980s, but the earliest known example is from 1992.In Internet slang, a X is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into a desired emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.ID X

2 Comments leave one →
  1. cerebralpursuits permalink
    February 20, 2011 11:50 pm

    Troll Face ?

  2. mmr permalink
    March 17, 2011 6:04 pm

    The term you are looking for is “Troll”.

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