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[snahrk] /snɑrk/
a mysterious, imaginary animal.
Origin of snark1
1876; coined by Lewis Carroll in his poem The Hunting of the Snark


[snahrk] /snɑrk/ Slang.
verb (used without object)
to be critical in a rude or sarcastic way:
to snark about the neighbors.
rude or sarcastic criticism.
1910-15; dial. snark ‘to nag, find fault with’; apparently identical with snark, snork ‘to snort, snore’, probably < Dutch, Low German snorken ‘to snore’ Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for snark
  • Some tech blogs are fueled mostly by snark and rumor.
  • The really funny thing is your snark is likely to become a cable news angle.
  • Please try doing this without listing all the reasons why you do not believe and without snark or sarcasm.
  • It's understandable that people might snark about that, but physics is no respecter of political differences.
  • No one can defend it, all that can be done is snark about it.
  • The invective rivals any that could be found in today's on-line snark-fests.
  • Her transgression with this one paragraph is nothing in comparison to the oceans of pointless snark in her work as a whole.
  • Pan has yet to express any views except to snipe and snark at various and sundry commenters, primarily right-wingers.
Word Origin and History for snark

imaginary animal, coined 1876 by Lewis Carroll in "The Hunting of the Snark." In 1950s, name of a type of U.S. cruise missile and in 1980s of a type of sailboat. Meaning "caustic, opinionated, critical rhetoric" is from c.2002 (see snarky) and not directly related, if at all.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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snark in Technology

[Lewis Carroll, via the Michigan Terminal System] 1. A system failure. When a user's process bombed, the operator would get the message "Help, Help, Snark in MTS!"
2. More generally, any kind of unexplained or threatening event on a computer (especially if it might be a boojum). Often used to refer to an event or a log file entry that might indicate an attempted security violation. See snivitz.
3. UUCP name of, home site of the Hacker Jargon File versions 2.*.*.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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