Monday, March 26, 2012

Why I am Here in the Snark Lane

I've been blogging since 2007, mostly in the Harry Potter community - My Livejournal is Here - but I find that there are many more things in heaven and earth to write about that don't quite fit into my fandom niche. So inspired by my dear daughter, who recently created her own blog, I am setting up shop here to write about the spillover things I am passionate about ~ family life, poetry, nature, crime, politics, oddities, etc.

This important year of the Presidential election will surely give me much snark fodder. I should warn everyone that I do have nettlesome opinions of a rather progressive nature, and that can make others uncomfortable. I apologize in advance (well, not really - this is my blog, after all, and you can always go read something else - shoo!).

What is Snark, you might ask? It's a word derived from the poem The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll. Nowadays, the word is used to describe comments that are "sarcastic," perhaps "witty," and definitely "arch." Some people find snark amusing, others become "frumious" ~ another Carrollism which is a "portmanteau" type word created by the author, combining "fuming" and "furiuous." I find that the more frumious I become, the more I speed into the Snark Lane, and that gets me into trouble sometimes. But it's just so fun to put the snark in gear and let the wheels turn.

If your Snark be a Snark, that is right:
Fetch it home by all means — you may serve it with greens,
And it’s handy for striking a light.
You may seek it with thimbles — and seek it with care;
You may hunt it with forks and hope;
You may threaten its life with a railway-share;
You may charm it with smiles and soap —’
You shall hear when I’ve leisure to speak it.
But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
’Tis your glorious duty to seek it!

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