[Ads-l] trolled?

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Thu May 11 15:16:51 EDT 2017


Quite right.

I retreat to the early 19th century again.

GAT

On Thu, May 11, 2017 at 3:13 PM, Baker, John <JBAKER at stradley.com> wrote:

> 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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> 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.
>
> ​GAT
>
>> --
> 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.)
> http://www.parliament.uk/worksofart/artwork/james-
> gillray/an-excrescence---a-fungus-alias-a-toadstool-upon-a-dunghill/3851
>
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-- 
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.)
http://www.parliament.uk/worksofart/artwork/james-gillray/an-excrescence---a-fungus-alias-a-toadstool-upon-a-dunghill/3851

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