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Recently a tweeter who linked to my website used the word "snerk".
Tweet from Anne-Marie Clark @AMWClarkLaw on April 25, 2013
Snerk-- Variations on "I have received your book, and shall lose no
time in reading it."
There is no entry for "snerk" in the OED, the online Merriam-Webster,
or the dictionary.reference.com website (based on The Random House
Dictionary) (Checked on April 26, 2013.)
Wiktionary has an entry for "snerk"
snerk (Internet, slang) Expressing amusement; a snicker, or a snort
snerk (third-person singular simple present snerks, present participle
snerking, simple past and past participle snerked)
(Internet, slang) To snicker or snort with laughter to express amusement.
Although OED does not have an entry it does have a match for "snirk"
within a quotation dated 2004 under the entry for "Scottice". The
quote indicates that a snirk is a snigger in the specialized context
of the quote.
Esp. introducing the Scots translation of a previously stated term:
in Scots. Also: in a Scottish manner.
2004 W. Neill in B. Findlay Frae Ither Tongues ii. 51 Again, to
snirk [snigger] and to lichtlie me [despise me] is more
telling—Scottice—than ‘scornfully to slight me’.
Urban dictionary has multiple entries for "snerk"
The muppet wiki mentions 1967 muppets named snerk and snorf
The two most entertaining matches in GB were:
Title: Binary Star No. 3:
(Two novels: Dr. Scofflaw by Ron Goulart; Outerworld by Isidore Haiblum)
Publisher: Dell Publishing Company
(Google Books snippet data; May be inaccurate)
[Begin excerpt on GB page 103]
"We'll settle for a firsthand view," he told the old vendor who'd
stopped beside their outdoor cafe table. "Snerk snerk," said the old
lizard, apparently laughing. "You'll never set foot within a thousand
feet of Ofego, mister."
[Begin another excerpt on GB page 103]
Tossed him, his retinue and six of his seven wives out right smack on
their tokes. Snerk snerk. It was a sight, surely.
This use above corresponds to a type of laugh, but it is the laughter
of an alien creature.
Title: Supplement to the Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language
Author: John Jamieson
Publisher: Printed at the University Press for W. & C. Tait, Edinburgh
To SNIRK, v. n. To draw up the nose hastily, as an expression of
contempt or displeasure, Gall.
"Snirk, to give the nose a smart draw up with the membranes of
itself;" Gall. Encycl.
This is fun because the origin of "snirk" here may be imitative, but
the meaning is different.
An alternative spelling snurk is sometimes used.
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