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As I told Mike and Bob, snark took off among the digerati around 2002, when the site Television Without Pity grew out of some previous incarnations, devoted to recapping TV shows in a playfully caustic manner. The recappers were proudly snarky, to use an informal adjective that has meant "irritable" or "sharply critical" since the late nineteenth century. The adjective snarky turned into the noun (and verb) snark on TWoP: their official motto was "Spare the snark, spoil the networks" (playing off the old saying, "spare the rod, spoil the child").
The snark wars continued over the years, propelled in part by David Denby's 2009 book Snark: It's Mean, It's Personal, and It's Ruining Our Conversation. Snark was once again defended late last year by Gawker's Tom Scocca, who devoted 9,000 words to argue that the real enemy is not snark but smarm. As I note on the podcast, snark and smarm make an interesting pair on etymological grounds, since they were formed so similarly. Smarm starts off as a verb meaning "smear" or "make oily," which leads to the adjective smarmy meaning "excessively ingratiating." Then, by the process of back-formation, the -y was removed from smarmy to form smarm meaning "unctuous or ingratiating behavior."
Snark, snork, snort, snore... throw in sneer, snarl, snigger, snicker, snivel, and snooze, and you start to see a pattern of sn- words that have to do with unpleasant noises and behaviors, especially those produced nasally (i.e., through the snout). This leads into the realm of sound symbolism, wherein so-called "phonesthemes" like sn- seem to carry with them a kernel of meaning across a family of words. For another example, see my piece on skedaddle, a word that joined many others starting with the sk- sound (scoot, scamper, scurry, skitter, etc.) to suggest brisk movement.Read the original here.
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#amreading #snarkyreads A HIGHLANDER'S OBSESSION Ch 17 Another good chapter. Enjoyed the fight scene. Wanted more detail. @VonnieWrites
— Melissa Snark (@MelissaSnark) October 18, 2014
The Bechdel Test, Bechdel-Wallace Test, or the Mo Movie Measure, is a litmus test for female presence in fictional media. The test is named for Alison Bechdel, creator of the comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For,...
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#amreading #snarkyreads A HIGHLANDER'S OBSESSION Ch 14 LMAO over the love potion. #hilarious @VonnieWrites
— Melissa Snark (@MelissaSnark) October 17, 2014
: a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities: a person who is greatly admired