The Art of Snark: Creative Disagreement

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I know that the main purpose of this article is to highlight the various ways that discord may be communicated across the World Wide Web. However, I want to highlight this gentleman’s fabulous use of words and heartily thank him for sharing the definition of snark.

There are so many amazing words that get thrown around so often that (and I don’t know if I’m the only one who does this) we assume we know precisely what it means based on common context. “Snark” has definitely been one of them for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed the definition.

The Daily Post

Did you know that, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, the origin of the word snark lies in the snorting sound people made — already in the nineteenth century! — when they wanted to dismiss or ridicule another person? These days, others might not be able to hear us as we roll our eyes in disbelief at their opinions (when eyes roll in front of a laptop, do they make a sound?). We’ve become masters, however, at making the silent, verbal equivalent of eye-rolling: a quick, snide comment on a blog post, a disapproving cat in a hastily-phrased meme. Is the art of creative disagreement a thing of the past?

A quick, snide comment on a blog post, a disapproving cat in a hastily phrased meme: is the art of creative disagreement a thing of the past?

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