Words are born, die, sometimes resurrected, sometimes reborn with a new meaning.

Snark as a noun meaning ‘caustic, opinionated, and critical rhetoric’ has nothing whatsoever to do with Lewis Carroll’s imaginary animal, the snark. Neither is it related to the Old Greek sarx, from which we get sarkazein (which literally means ‘to strip off flesh’) which has become sarcasm. Rather snark comes from the Low German snarken (which is related to the North Frisian snarke and the Swedish snarka), meaning ‘to snort’. The term largely disappeared around the beginning of the 20th century, but clawed its way out of the grave in the late 1990s with a somewhat new definition.

I could go on, but…well…it’s just that…

You are boring bye.

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