I thought it was an big ugly dude that lived under a bridge and ate passing knights, even if my IQ is over 120
Because like you they are too busy making up their own definitions for words instead of promoting the dictionary definitions as a neutral standard.
Exactly...You only have to go over to "Urban Dictionary" to see how out of control it`s getting
They're called Hassiliches in the Grimm universe though.
Troll has many Urban definitions:<br />
1a. Noun <br />
One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument. <br />
1b. Noun <br />
A person who, on a message forum of some type, attacks and flames other members of the forum for any of a number of reasons such as rank, previous disagreements, sex, status, ect. <br />
A troll usually flames threads without staying on topic, unlike a "Flamer" who flames a thread because he/she disagrees with the content of the thread. <br />
1c. Noun <br />
A member of an internet forum who continually harangues and harasses others. Someone with nothing worthwhile to add to a certain conversation, but rather continually threadjacks or changes the subject, as well as thinks every member of the forum is talking about them and only them. Trolls often go by multiple names to circumvent getting banned. <br />
2a. Noun <br />
Sometimes compared to the Japanese ‘Oni’, a troll is a supernatural creature of Scandinavian folklore, whose race was thought to have carried massive stones into the countryside (although actually the result of glaciers). Lives in hills, mountains, caves, or under bridges. They are stupid, large, brutish, hairy, long-nosed, and bug-eyed, and may also have multiple heads or horns. Trolls love to eat ...
Most users know that I love trolls .<br />
They have tuff meat and require salt for flavor .
it's commonly used online to designate someone who deliberately says something ridiculous or inflammatory just to get people worked up. there are other uses, too, i'm sure, though i've never heard the one you mentioned.<br />
of course, really it's a norse ice giant. it also used to mean a desperation hook-up at last call. terminology varies widely.
ha! i remember "flamers" too, though that also used to mean something different. i'm sure i've heard "trolls" n that context for at least 10 years. but yeah, i'm sure when something is way over someone's head they may cry "troll" because they think nobody could really ask that question ;)