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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 rec.humor.oracle[.d] or alt.fan.warlord.)
David Bowie http://pmpkn.net/lx
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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