What is actual trolling, not what we call it today?
Nowadays anyone who disagrees with you is a troll, there had to be a better meaning at some point?
"Dallas is cooler than Austin"
-"GTFO TROLL! You stupid trolly troll."
- JuanBLv 73 weeks agoFavorite Answer
Trolling is a form of fishing that goes back centuries. It is putting your fish lines in the water and drag them along behind the moving boat.
Everything else here is talking about Slang meanings. So a better meaning is the non slang one. But even in slang it fits you are fishing for suckers on the internet by baiting them.
- bluebellbkkLv 73 weeks ago
I'm pretty sure that at some point there's been a confusion with the word "trawling".
- billLv 43 weeks ago
Trolling is sitting back and making controversial statements to purposely upset people and get a reaction.
- John PLv 73 weeks ago
Trolling is a term invented in the era of social media, and similar. 30 years ago it did not exist, probably 25 years ago it did not exist.
That sort of new term tends to go through rapid changes in use, as you have noticed. Don't be an old fuddy-duddy and try to insist that it has a 'proper' meaning such as it had 20 years ago.
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- robert2020Lv 63 weeks ago
It used to mean a person who went from bar to bar, looking for women. But not having any success. So just dragging his net.
The term comes from fishing nets Being dragged along trying to catch wherever comes into them.Source(s): I'm giving you the real meaning, along with the slang term from the 1970s. I lived in that era.
- edwardLv 73 weeks ago
That’s not what trolling is
- FinLv 43 weeks ago
So there's the internet troll which is to bait people with false information or exaggerated claims on the internet. Basically it's duping someone.
However, originally, trolling was/is fishing with a baited lure on a slow moving boat. Makes sense, when you think about snaring someone with a story.