[Ads-l] trolled?

Thu May 11 15:13:28 EDT 2017

Isn't this just AHD troll v.tr. 2.a., " To move around in (an area) or go to (different places) searching for something"?  Or perhaps troll v.tr. 2.b., " To examine or search through: trolling the classifieds for a cheap car."  Anyway, it sounds normal to me, though there is always the possibility that that says more about me than about the usage.

John Baker

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From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of George Thompson
Sent: Thursday, May 11, 2017 10:30 AM
Subject: trolled?

From an obituary in today's (Thursday) NYTimes.  I doubt that "trolled" is
the word intended here; "trawled" is more likely.  I'm not so out of touch
with the 20th century -- to say noting of the 21st --  that I don't know
that there are new meanings of the word "trolled", but still. . . .

Mr. Tilton operated in a low-key, sometimes quirky style. In 1992 he
mounted an exhibition of virtual-reality art, and in 2005 he trolled
graduate painting studios at Hunter College, the Yale School of Art and
Columbia University to assemble work for an all-student exhibition, “School
Days.” All the work sold.


George A. Thompson
The Guy Who Still Looks Stuff Up in Books.
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998.

But when aroused at the Trump of Doom / Ye shall start, bold kings, from
your lowly tomb. . .
L. H. Sigourney, "Burial of Mazeen", Poems.  Boston, 1827, p. 112

The Trump of Doom -- affectionately (of course) also known as The Dunghill
Toadstool.  (Here's a picture of one.)

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