What's better than a troll? I sure can't think of anything cuter or more contemporary than these little freaks:
If life were only so simple. In fact, these little buggers don't write or talk, which is a fortuitous predicament, I must say.
In real life, though, trolls are no laughing matter. Especially when the word troll and its many derivations are misused. Let's see if we can get some clarification from our friends over at Merriam-Webster:
WTF? Wrong wrong wrong! Let's check a more reliable source than good ol' Merriam-Webster's—the Urban Dictionary:
Basically the troll tells this guy to type a command into Terminal that will erase his entire hard disk. Hey, survival of the fittest is never easy.
Sadly, though, the bastardization of the word now means that anyone who flames a post is a troll, and that truly neglects and minimizes the true virtue and skill of even blue-collar down-on-their-luck trolls. For instance, check out this ESPN.com post about Duke's Christian Laettner supposedly trolling the Kentucky players (basketball, for those who live in a forest or under a rock). Nooo . . . he din't. He merely flamed them. And the writer of this story has nary a clue:
So that was a terrible representation of trolling by a member of the press. Though it is sportswriting, so maybe that't not so surprising. Anyway, at least my response might clue the novice in to what trolling really is:
Still a little lost? Check out this video by Jess Kent:
Obviously she's a Millennial, cuz she gets it.
Reading Bill Walsh's obit reminded me of how important it is to be kinder and gentler when playing with others:
(For those who may be wondering—no, the irony that George Bush was formerly the director of the CIA is not lost on me; not at all.)
Anyway. back to the point. In the spirit of giving, two clarifications (yea, you hit the bonus round):
Uh oh, did I just slam all the literary fiction "authors"? Oops.
Over the last few years, it's become somewhat common to use a comma in place of and at times. One might write, "The man, a character who was sturdy, full of life, ran toward the forest." No argument from me. Whether to use an and really just depends on style and whether the prose makes sense to readers. But there's a reason for not using a comma in place of and on a regular basis—commas are used for certain phrases in English that can create a dual meaning that does confuse readers. Case in point:
Looks good. Except that if the comma is really just an and substitute, the press release above is letting us know that this children's book author is a hooker and an OK author. Another likely scenario is simply that the author is from Hooker, Oklahoma.
Sometimes it's better to spell out state names—especially those that can be misinterpreted as a word such as "OK."