Re: [asa] Thankyou!

From: George Murphy <>
Date: Tue Dec 16 2008 - 16:52:31 EST

However many words have multiple meanings & their use in one sense can also call up other senses. The fact that the term for an internet troll originated with a meaning from fishing doesn't keep it from calling up images of the trolls from The Hobbit, &c.

It's a principle worth keeping in mind in reading the Bible. It's a mistake, e.g., to think that Israelite who heard the word ruach in Gen.1:2 had to think of just one meaning, either "wind" or "spirit." Maybe it meant primarily "wind" but with connotations of "spirit" - or vice versa.

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: David Opderbeck
  To: Vernon Jenkins
  Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 4:38 PM
  Subject: Re: [asa] Thankyou!

  No, I meant the definition of an Internet Troll, which is derived from "trolling" for fish:

  The Harry Potter reference was a lame attempt at humor.

  On Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 4:30 PM, Vernon Jenkins <> wrote:

    Just a word of thanks to those who have taken the trouble to write to me privately concerning my apparently outdated understanding of the word ' troll '. However, David Opderbeck's use of the term was associated with a reference to Harry Potter * - which suggests that my original interpretation may well have been correct. David might care to clarify the matter.


    * David wrote (13.12.08): "The best way to handle a troll is to ignore it. They get stronger
    with attention. This truth, BTW, is revealed in the fifth Harry Potter movie."

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