Random Snark

Got a chuckle out of the bitchiest ladies on the net today. Smart Bitches, Trashy Books If you ever have any free time, go back over their cover snark. It’s worth it!. Here’s a little taste of today’s offering …

“Third, can we discuss how ever almighty tired I am of the assumption that romance readers are stupid, mouth-breathing morons who like their romance dull and flaccid, instead of spattered, smothered, covered, and chunked with, oh, good writing and clever insights to characters and history and culture? I know that I am not dumb (hence the name of the site) and while I’m somewhat used to people looking down on my choice of reading material for the happy ending, which as we discussed is somehow the hallmark of lower-classed reading, I’m rather shocked at being dismissed by this person I’ve never heard of for being too stupid and dense to absorb a complex story. “

Found a band called The Real Snark. Not much music offered, but you could probably search them out for more if you are so inclined. www.myspace.com/therealsnark

This is a snark for Jill– the ultimate mullet obsessed. Mullet mullet Make sure to look closely for the subliminal message…

Ouch! Older column, but new to me. This lady is spewing major snark about bloggers. Townhall.com :: Columns :: Lord of the blogs by Kathleen Parker – Dec 28, 2005
“Bloggers persist no matter their contributions or quality, though most would have little to occupy their time were the mainstream media to disappear tomorrow. Some bloggers do their own reporting, but most rely on mainstream reporters to do the heavy lifting. Some bloggers also offer superb commentary, but most babble, buzz and blurt like caffeinated adolescents competing for the Ritalin generation’s inevitable senior superlative: Most Obsessive-Compulsive.”

As for me, I named my blog The Write Snark as a tribute to my snarky little t-shirt shop. I did plan to do major snark at least once a week or so. Problem is, I’m not all that bitchy. I can be. Big time. But most of the time, I’d rather talk shop. Writing, music, books. Interesting things I find out there in Internet Land.

I do like to read good snark. Visit my favs like Pandagon and Shakespeare’s Sister, etc… but it seems we have enough good snarky writers out there covering major news stories.

I will offer the occasional snark. Hopefully, with some humor to cheer your day. I will occasionally get torked about something or other and share.

Some people believe the word snark means bitchy. It can. It can also mean attitude– but with some intelligence and real thought behind it. I like to wear funny, snark-filled t-shirts. A good smart-assed coffee mug can make my day start out right… but most of my snark will come in the form of fiction tidbits and the occasional gripe.

So, what does the word “snark” mean to you?

14 Comments

  1. Here’s the Wikipedia version.

    Snark refers to a pejorative style of speech or writing. It could loosely be described as irritable or “snidely derisive”; hence, ‘snarkish’, ‘snarky’, ‘to snark at somebody’. (The Urban Dictionary refers to it as a contraction of “snide remark”.) It could less politely be described as ‘bitchy’.
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snark_(speech)

  2. UrbanDictionary.com–

    5. snark

    A often-overused phrase that originally meant a loving, yet evil kind of sarcasm. Now, spreading like crabs at a whorehouse to even the real world, it signifies the horrifying end of real humor as we know it.

    But then…

    6. snark

    To accidentally get something lodged in your nasal cavity, after choking. Often occurs when swallowing food wrongly, or during puking, when food is shooting upwards into your mouth. The victim usually spends time making disgusting noises with their sinuses to get the rogue item out of their nasal cavity. Sometimes, when the item is dislodged, it gets stuck in the throat again, renewing the process.

    Well, as much as much as I love the second one for repetition of the phrase “nasala cavity” (It makes me giggle.) I would have to say that the first one makes the most sense.

    So, that is what the word means to me.

  3. Well, I meant the loving yet evil kind. (g)

    And I do not think it’s the end of real humor, but merely a different kind.

    This is better than bitchy. I’m just not a bitchy person– ask the ladies of OKRWA. I’m nice. Really. Bit of a smart-ass. But nice.

  4. Sarcastic!
    Got it!
    Love it!

    So we’re suppose to tell people you’re nice, huh?

    “Yes, Rayke. She’s nice.” Betty said as her twisted arm throbbed in pain. “And a very BIG Smart Ass.” But then again, aren’t we all? And maybe sort of proud of it.

  5. (1) Besides being a sound that I tend to make when suffering a head cold (Rayke’s second definition), the term snark, to me, denotes to me pretty much the same thing as it does everyone else. However, the term connotes to me a nihilistic commentator; someone who smirks, but only partially understands; someone for whom glibness substitutes poorly for wit; someone who really has a need to tear others down in order that he may rule supreme.

    As you can probably guess, I don’t think of myself as a snark.

    (2) A good example of my connotation of ‘snark’ is that Kathleen Parker person you linked to. I don’t think she really understands blogging, and the invective hurled at her in the readers’ comments reflect this.

    (3) Bitchiness, on the other hand, connotes something far more positive to me–a rightful assertion of authority, autonomy and expertise by women, who in a male-hegemony are supposed to remain silent and passive.

    If you’ve ever thought about changing your handle to the Write Bitch, I’d have all the respect in the world for you (not that I don’t now, you understand).

    Of course, that doesn’t have quite the ring to it that The Write Snark has.

  6. “”someone who smirks, but only partially understands; someone for whom glibness substitutes poorly for wit; someone who really has a need to tear others down in order that he may rule supreme.””

    Ouch.

    Guess I always thought of bitchy as someone who whines and complains. Someone who gets a kick out of hurting others.

    Not always. The Smart Bitches have turned the word around to mean something else entirely– they’ve done a good job of it, too.

    We see the exact opposite here. I’m wondering how many see snark your way. I’ve only come across the word on writer blogs, so it’s possible it’s being used way more often and in a much more negative fashion on regular blogs. Hmmm.. Must think on this.

    The Write Bitch is good– would scare off many a family member. But that’s not such a bad thing…

    Betty, tell ’em I’m nice or else.

  7. snark=shark with a piece bitten off the top.

    It’s funny that people equate “happy ending” with “lowbrow.” What of Twelfth Night? Much Ado About Nothing? A Midsummer Night’s Dream? What of basically Jane Austen’s entire oeuvre? Satanic Verses? Catch 22? Jane Eyre?

    meh.. They’re all trash.

  8. I did tell them you were nice. Didn’t you hear me.
    “Ouch. Stop twisting. If you aren’t careful I’ll call you a bitch, or worse, a snark!!!

    Actually, I’ve always disliked the word “nice”. It is so milktoast, mundane boring and has an air of superficial “dumb blondishness” to it. I wouldn’t want to be thought of as “nice.” You are, since you’re blatently fishing, intelligent, compassionate, wise, creative, loyal, culturally cool, and someone I am extremely proud to call friend. But “nice”, definately not. You’re better than nice.

  9. Betty, I used to be “nice.” Now that I’m in my forties, I find my old “nice” evolving into “edgy nice”. That would be “nice” with a bite.

    Which would make me a snark in training?
    hmmmm

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