[DWJ] I have to giggle about this somewhere...

Phil Boswell phil.boswell at gmail.com
Mon May 12 16:22:23 EDT 2008


2008/5/12 Dorian E. Gray <israfel at eircom.net>:
> Kait wondered...
> > What does "sporking" mean?
> > Is it because I'm not on Live Journal that I don't know the term?
> > Or am I just generally uneducated? (grin)
>  Sporking is (metaphorically) poking someone with a spork.  It usually
> involves poking fun at/poking holes in someone's argument, bad writing, bad
> research.  With wit as well as accuracy.  For instance, the history_spork
> LiveJournal watches historical or purportedly historical films, and reports
> on them with all of the historical inaccuracies pointed out and laughed at
> (I love the line "well, better than the mad Swede or the dead Russian" in
> one of their reviews!).

So it's like MST3K but for academics? Do they have mad robots?

>  I don't think it's a LiveJournal-specific term, though.  More of a general
> Internet-term.

I'll take your word for it, but I've been on the Internet since the
mid-80s and never seen it called that before.

A day is not wasted in which one learns something, so thanks ;-)
-- 
Phil



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