David Bowie db.list at PMPKN.NET
Fri Apr 16 11:42:26 UTC 2004

Sam Clements wrote:
:Barry Popik wrote:

:: OED does not have "snarf."  The CASSELL DICTIONARY OF SLANG has
:: "snarf,' meaning to eat or to drink, from 1960s+.

: Ms. Despres over at M-W does a great job of listing the verb "snarf"
: from 1965, coming probably from the verb "scarf" ca. 1960,  coming
: from the mid-1800's verb "scoff."

And in some cases (including my own), it seems to have a related but
different meaning, in that it's the *reverse* of eating or drinking. For
example, since <quick GoogleGroups search> 1997 I've awarded occasional
"snarf-the-morning-beverage-of-your-choice-through-your-nose awards" to
astonishingly bizarre posts on a couple newsgroups I read.

I picked the usage up from somewhere--I'm certain it's not original to
me--though I can't find any earlier USENET uses in Google's archive. (I
think I may have picked it up from[.d] or

David Bowie                               
    Jeanne's Two Laws of Chocolate: If there is no chocolate in the
    house, there is too little; some must be purchased. If there is
    chocolate in the house, there is too much; it must be consumed.

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