The word "troll"

Posted by GPP on September 08, 2003

At the "cat got your tongue?" thread, below, I used the term 'troll'.

Here's a good definition of the word:


"An Internet "troll" is a person who deliberately starts agruments online or engages in malicious behavior to upset or injure others.

"Trolls often play elaborate games of deception. They may be sadistic and get satifaction from inflicting emotional pain on others. Some trolls hold rigid religious, political, or philosophical beliefs and will seek out and attack those with whom they disagree.

"Trolls usually use false names and take advantage of the anonymity the Internet can provide. Some trolls assume false identities or the identities of their victims."

This and other related terms can be found at:

  • Troll Lewis 08/September/03
    • Troll ESC 09/September/03