snarks

snark

1 [snahrk]
noun
a mysterious, imaginary animal.

Origin:
1876; coined by Lewis Carroll in his poem The Hunting of the Snark

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snark

2 [snahrk] Slang.
verb (used without object)
1.
to be critical in a rude or sarcastic way: to snark about the neighbors.
noun
2.
rude or sarcastic criticism.

Origin:
1910–15; dial. snark ‘to nag, find fault with’; apparently identical with snark, snork ‘to snort, snore’, probably < Dutch, Low German snorken ‘to snore’

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snark
imaginary animal, coined 1876 by Lewis Carroll in "The Hunting of the Snark."
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snark

n. [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 snark.thyrsus.com, home site of the Jargon File versions from 2.*.* on (i.e., this lexicon).
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