Sunday, December 10, 2006

Snarky

Post Scriptum: After publishing the previous post, I realized I've used the word "snarky" repeatedly in my posts, probably too much. I'm becoming too trendy, I thought, I'm incorporating too much recent slang in my writing. I decided to look up "snarky," expecting to see its genesis in, oh, 1990 or so...and guess what I found? The word's been with us for a hundred years! Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed., dates it to 1906. Who'd a-thunk it?

In the interest of variety in verbiage, however, I will try to avoid using "snarky" for at least a month.

3 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Apparently snarky is an old word just coming into its own. I don't think I've ever used it. Until now.

BasilRatbane said...

Snarky is my middle name.

Basil S. Ratbane.

Stewart Sternberg said...

You can always use it as part of someone's name. "Hey, it's Susan Snarky. Oh, and her child, Art Snarky. Charming."