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  •  I'm almost afraid to ask ... (none)
    What is SNARK?

    Pssst ... there are mad men in the White House.

    by banjon on Sun Dec 05, 2004 at 02:22:10 PM PST

    •  It's a kind of humor, (none)
      sort of similar to sarcasm...I'm not sure how better to define it.
    •  Maybe this (none)
      is the origin of the word, dont really know meself.

      Carroll, Lewis. The Hunting of the Snark: an Agony in Eight Fits

      But this stanza is rather apropos:

      His form is ungainly -- his intellect small --
      (So the Bellman would often remark)
      But his courage is perfect! And that, after all,
      Is the thing that one needs with a Snark.

      bloggers: we watch the watchmen.

      by Ugluks Flea on Sun Dec 05, 2004 at 02:38:18 PM PST

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      •  This is what I found (none)
        In the OED:

        [Invented by `Lewis Carroll' (C. L. Dodgson) in The Hunting of the Snark (1876).]

            An imaginary animal. Also Comb.

          1879 Temple Bar Nov. 391 Hunting for snarkes is a very pleasant occupation, if you do but make-believe strong enough. 1888 LEES & CLUTTERBUCK B.C. 1887 xxvi. (1892) 297 There is quite a Snark-hunting ring about it. 1895 K. GRAHAME Golden Age 90 Some sinuous and snarklike conflict on the mat.

        They came a little closer with "snarky":

        [f. SNARK v. + -Y1.]

            Irritable, short-tempered, `narky'.

          1906 E. NESBIT Railway Children ii. 49 Don't be snarky, Peter. It isn't our fault. 1913 J. VAIZEY College Girl xxiv. 326 `Why should you think I am "snarky"?' `Because{em}you are! You're not a bit sociable and friendly.' 1953 E. COXHEAD Midlanders x. 247 I've known you were the soul of kindness, under that snarky way. a1974 R. CROSSMAN Diaries (1976) II. 627 We also have to overcome something else{em}the stream of anti-government propaganda, smearing, snarky, derisive, which comes out of Fleet Street.

            Hence {sm}snarkily adv.; {sm}snarkiness; {sm}snarkish a.

          1912 R. FRY Let. 16 Mar. (1972) I. 355 So sorry I seem so snarkish just now. 1960 Economist 28 May 859/2 In some of his comments on bureaucracy there is a relapse into snarkiness. 1967 Listener 20 July 91/3 Viewers' letters are not just read out. They are commented upon by Kenneth Robinson (usually rather snarkily).

        •  See Also... (none)
          Good ol' dictionary.com (via a search of "snarky"):  "From dialectal snark, to nag, from snark, snork, to snore, snort, from Dutch and Low German snorken, of imitative origin."

          And, circa 1996 or so :

          Det. Kellerman: I don't know, uh, last time we worked together you were kind of snarky.
          Det. Bayliss: Snarky?
          Det. Kellerman: Yeah, snarky, you know, from the ancient Greek, meaning butthead.

          That's where I first heard it, anyway.

    •  I rather like this definition (none)
      from the urban dictionary:
      (adjective) describes a witty mannerism, personality, or behavior that is a combination of sarcasm and cynicism. Usually accepted as a complimentary term. Snark is sometimes mistaken for a snotty or arrogant attitude.

      Her snarky remarks had half the room on the floor laughing and the other half ready to walk out.

      There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. --Benjamin Disraeli, cited by Mark Twain

      by sheba on Sun Dec 05, 2004 at 05:23:48 PM PST

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