discourse given by a very "in the know" person to the
ramblings. Postings where the interpretation is largely a matter
deliberate or accidental ambiguity of meaning (compare to double
entendre which is unquestionably deliberate). I thought about
you sitting behind a truck in a traffic jam.
for "nameless little man". Someone who posts hurtful
messages under the veil of anonymity.
Satires. Greek, roughly translating to "evil motivation
in writing". This is the senior literary antecedent for
the modern day "flame".
for "setting straight again". A nitpick.
form of rhetoric where personal attack is used as a persuasive
device. "Even idiots like you should be able to understand
for "cutting short". Abridging prior posts. Quoted
text. Sometimes accompanied by editorial inserts like [snip].
overly ornate writing style, heavy with allusion, metaphor, and
incidental digression or examination. The potential of any posting
to spur follow-up posts which are only tangential to the original
ritualistic cursing match or vehement exchange between heroic
contestants. By the middle ages, the heroic element had vanished,
and scatological references had appeared ("The Owl and the
Nightingale", c 1250).
word for "guru".
drivel, heavy with jargon.
bards. Writings filled with gusto, caustic humor, and earthiness.
"gullible" + "lullaby". A malicious rumor
passed on and believed by a wide number of people. An example
might be "beware of a message with 'teamwork' in the subject,
it contains a virus, and reading it will infect your system."
and form distinct to an individual. The AFU newsgroup, for example,
has identified anonymous posters by their punctuation, grammar,
which is abusive. It can be directed towards an individual or
sustained, recurring complaint. Using any pretext to introduce
the same complaint.
for "word contest". A dispute about the meaning of
writing style. Verbal diarrhea.
act of retracting something said earlier.