Re: [asa] Occult crankery and the vitality of our email list

From: Don Nield <>
Date: Mon Dec 15 2008 - 16:11:10 EST

The internet usage of "troll" is derived not from Scandinavian folklore
but rather from an angling term. A troll (or troller) is a person who
draws a baited line through the water.

Vernon Jenkins wrote:
> Gentlemen,
> The last time I came across the word 'troll' was in connection with my
> reading the famous Norwegian fairy tale "The Three Billy Goats Gruff"
> (
> <>) to my
> granddaughter; but that was many years ago. On this occasion, it
> would seem appropriate that we play out the story together.
> Of course, it is possible that you use the term 'troll', more
> benignly, to refer to a serious-minded supernaturalist and
> Bible believer who, clearly, has old-fashioned expectations of what it
> means to be a scientist. If that is the case then I gladly accept
> your nomination!
> Vernon
> <>
> <>

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