“Hardly,” said the mother of four to her
ever present laptop.
She smiles, “I am a fatalistic optimist,
if such a thing exists.”
“I want my happy ending. I believe in
riding off into the sunset. Then,
my horse gets tired and I’ve forgotten to pack
feed and water as the vultures start to circle overhead.”
“Okay, change that from the western scene
to the fairy tale version where we ride off
into the mountains, this time there is a stream
and some grass for the horse to nibble on,
but I’ve forgotten to pack clothes appropriate
for the blizzard that has us looking for
shelter. In. Dark. Caves.”
“Well, see what I mean?”
“Hmm, I am a contradiction in terms. An oxymoron,”
mumbling, she types in the search window of her browser-
(Should she search out the window of her bower
for the bird calling from the breezy bower…redundant,
and a little weird, ugh!)
“Focus!” she tells her screen as
the words go in and out of definition.
She types,’words that are opposites are called’
the results lead her to and fro
hovering here and there
spiraling back over to
the dictionary or thesaurus
and finally to the point.
“The article is fun, but the comments get
vicious near the end. Geez!
Agree to disagree.”
I see that you all want to have the last word.
That is part of the lure of the internet
the sick fascination of opening hate mail
so you can pen a witty response.
Bravely engaging while
never facing your adversary.
Emboldened, the timid person creates a persona that
provides the courage that will never see the light of day.
There never will be a face to face exchange
crucify someone over the
usage of the words
flammable and inflammable?
A reader who believes the origin of
an ancient word instead of
the same word without a prefix added
makes the hackles rise of arrogant instigating trolls.
The fact is, the word is old.
“Ha-ha-ha, that’s a winning argument,” she scoffs at the keyboard.
The word usage changes with use and misuse. Bringing up examples of the ignorance of the common man as proof that the antiquated definition from the 1700’s is better than the new and improved definition from a couple centuries later is beyond silly. It is a waste of the English language to debate such things, unless you’re writing a book about it, teaching a class, on the debate team, or writing your dissertation, then by all means go for the gusto.
“Uh-huh, just let your ignorance hang out there for everyone to see,” she sighs resting her hands on the keys hoping for inspiration and clarity.
A true flame war is now perpetrated by an internet troll.
Some trolls go trolling through comments and
interject inflammatory comments to see
who will take the bait:
Picture your standard bridge troll,
standing about seven feet tall
club in massive hand,
sunken forehead with jaw agape
typing with one finger on a laptop atop his bridge.
He doesn’t have a desk large enough
so he has to stand. Giggling with glee
he posts a comment about dog poop in Paris
to a forum that caters to specialty breed dog owners.
The troll has been to Paris? Really?
Who knew! I bet he flew air freight
in a crate so he could meet his date
He stares through her stringy locks to find
a brilliant gleam in her mud colored eyes.
Will she join him in this fight
to derail a simple train of thought
in a discussion post? Co-instigators
bonding through corruption?
“Partner,” growls the trollette.
(Rhymes with moist towette and barrette.)
Grinning, wicked sharp teeth holding her forked tongue at bay,
she grasped the spaghetti pot sized hand
of her male counterpartner in crime.
“I’ll give you two words,” she wheezes
as they share, for a breath, the alluring
malodorous scent of her digesting breakfast.
“Charming, my princess,” he genuflects,
staring up the full length of
her gorgeous nine foot talk bulk.
“Don’t ask me where he charges his laptop
or how he learned to type and spell.
In troll school? Immense Typing 101 for Trolls???”
The room silently waits for this to come to an end.
“I really should get more sleep,” she grimaced.
The troll pressed the enter button and said,
‘Wait for it…’ and they’re off like dominoes in a line
firing derogatory responses.
Technofile lemmings in a mad rush to the cliff
falling over themselves to get to the other side
and prove their worth over dog poop.
Thirty comments off-topic as
discord abounds in this pissing match.
The original topic was dog parks.
The troll and his gal are mosh pit
dancing the night away
rolling on the ground crushing cars
and garbage cans laughing
with tears streaming down their faces.
And the troll couple lived happily ever after.
Head in her hand, she clicks the publish button.
romantic |rōˈmantik, rə-|
1 inclined toward or suggestive of the feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love: a romantic candlelit dinner.
• relating to love, esp. in a sentimental or idealized way: a romantic comedy.
2 of, characterized by, or suggestive of an idealized view of reality: a romantic attitude toward the past | some romantic dream of country peace.
3 (usu. Romantic )of, relating to, or denoting the artistic and literary movement of Romanticism: the Romantic tradition.
a person with romantic beliefs or attitudes: I am an incurable romantic.
• (usu. Romantic )a writer or artist of the Romantic movement.
ORIGIN mid 17th cent. (referring to the characteristics of romance in a narrative): from archaic romaunt ‘tale of chivalry,’ from an Old French variant of romanz (see romance) .
the belief that all events are predetermined and therefore inevitable.
• a submissive attitude to events, resulting from such a belief.
1 hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something: the talks had been amicable, and there were grounds for optimism.
2 Philosophy the doctrine, esp. as set forth by Leibniz, that this world is the best of all possible worlds.
• the belief that good must ultimately prevail over evil in the universe.
ORIGIN mid 18th cent.: from French optimisme, from Latin optimum ‘best thing’ (see optimum) .
a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction (e.g., faith unfaithful kept him falsely true).
ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from Greek oxumōron, neuter (used as a noun) of oxumōros ‘pointedly foolish,’ from oxus ‘sharp’ + mōros ‘foolish.’
bower 1 |ˈbou(-ə)r|
a pleasant shady place under trees or climbing plants in a garden or wood.
• literary a summerhouse or country cottage.
• literary a lady’s private room or bedroom.
verb [ with obj. ] literary
shade or enclose (a place or person): (as adj. bowered) : the bowered pathways into the tangle of vines.
ORIGIN Old English būr ‘dwelling, inner room,’ of Germanic origin; related to German Bauer ‘birdcage.’
bower 2 |ˈbou(-ə)r|(also bower anchor )
each of two anchors carried at a ship’s bow.
ORIGIN late 15th cent.: from bow3 + -er1.
1 schools are a focus of community life: center, focal point, central point, center of attention, hub, pivot, nucleus, heart, cornerstone, linchpin, cynosure.
2 the focus is on helping people: emphasis, accent, priority, attention, concentration.
3 the main focus of this chapter: subject, theme, concern, subject matter, topic, issue, thesis, point, thread; substance, essence, gist, matter.
4 the resulting light beams are brought to a focus at the eyepiece: focal point, point of convergence.
1 she focused her binoculars on the tower: bring into focus; aim, point, turn.
2 the investigation will focus on areas of social need: concentrate on, center on, zero in on, zoom in on; address itself to, pay attention to, pinpoint, revolve around, have as its starting point.
in focus submit only those snapshots that are in focus: sharp, crisp, distinct, clear, well-defined, well focused.
out of focus the shots are slightly out of focus, which gives them an eerie quality: blurred, unfocused, indistinct, blurry, fuzzy, hazy, misty, cloudy, lacking definition, nebulous.
troll 1 |trōl|
a mythical, cave-dwelling being depicted in folklore as either a giant or a dwarf, typically having a very ugly appearance.
ORIGIN from Old Norse and Swedish troll,Danish trold; adopted into English from Scandinavian in the mid 19th cent.
troll 2 |trōl|
1 [ no obj. ] fish by trailing a baited line along behind a boat: we trolled for mackerel.
• search for something: a group of companies trolling for partnership opportunities | [ with obj. ] : I spent tonight trolling the Internet for expensive lighting gear.
2 [ with obj. ] sing (something) in a happy and carefree way: troll the ancient Yuletide carol.
3 [ with obj. ] Computing, informal send or submit (a provocative e-mail or Internet posting) with the intention of inciting an angry response.
4 [ no obj., with adverbial of direction ] chiefly Brit.walk; stroll: we all trolled into town.
1 a line or bait used in trolling for fish.
2 Computing, informal a provocative e-mail or posting on the Internet intended to incite an angry response.
• informal a person who sends such an e-mail or submits such a posting.
ORIGIN late Middle English (in the sense ‘stroll, roll’): origin uncertain; compare with Old French troller ‘wander here and there (in search of game)’ and Middle High German trollen ‘stroll.’
an evening party or gathering, typically in a private house, for conversation or music.
ORIGIN French, from soir ‘evening.’
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