Trolling vs. Trawling

  • Antarktis

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    Nov 09, 2015 1:25 PM GMT
    It's to late to change it now, but shouldn't the term be Trawling as in sending out a net to try to entrap rather than Troll as in following along in a musical series or being an Ugly dwarf that lives under a bridge?

    Think of the homeless little people being insulted.

    Just saying...for no apparent reason...

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    Nov 09, 2015 3:31 PM GMT
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    The terms are somewhat interchangeable but generally refer to type of fishing, to what's being dragged, a net or a line.

    If they're just trying to catch one or two on a line, that'd be trolling.

    If they're going for the school, they'd be trawling with a net.

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    Nov 09, 2015 5:48 PM GMT
    A troll is not a dwarf!
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    Nov 09, 2015 7:19 PM GMT
    Good morning to you as well, Antarktis.

    My guess as to the derivation of "trolling", is that it has nothing to do with fishing, but comes from the noun "troll" (the obnoxious small creature living under bridges in Scandinavian countries) which seems to be used by internet users to mean a person who posts some sort of provocative message, designed to create conflict (and amusement for the troll).
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    Nov 09, 2015 7:21 PM GMT
    The dictionary lists trolling as a fishing term:

    to fish for or in with a moving line, working the line up or down with a rod, as in fishing for pike, or trailing the line behind a slow-moving boat.

    So either one would be correct in the sense that your thinking.

    Trolling is more fun because then you can call the troller a troll; calling them a trawl isn't as amusing.
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    Nov 09, 2015 7:30 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidThe dictionary lists trolling as a fishing term:

    to fish for or in with a moving line, working the line up or down with a rod, as in fishing for pike, or trailing the line behind a slow-moving boat.

    So either one would be correct in the sense that your thinking.

    Trolling is more fun because then you can call the troller a troll; calling them a trawl isn't as amusing.


    I don't have an OED, so I can't check out the new use of the word, "trolling". My guess is that a dictionary of 20 years ago would say pretty much you said, but that the "Urban Dictionary" would have more 21st century definitions.
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    Nov 09, 2015 9:28 PM GMT
    HikerSkier saidI don't have an OED, so I can't check out the new use of the word, "trolling". My guess is that a dictionary of 20 years ago would say pretty much you said, but that the "Urban Dictionary" would have more 21st century definitions.

    Dictionary.com has both the old and the new meanings.

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    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trolling
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    Nov 09, 2015 10:49 PM GMT
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    Nov 09, 2015 11:50 PM GMT
    ^The downside of gifs. Television wasn't bad enough. Now that little kid's gonna have to go through the rest of his life with the agony of defeat embedded.

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