Creativity Magazine

Snark As A Verb?

By Vickilane
Snark As A Verb?
It's happened again -- a writer in one of my classes uses snark as a verb  -- as in, "Oh, I'm sure you do," she snarked, and I cringe as if someone had run a fingernail down a blackboard.  

Merriam Webster says that snark (used as a noun to mean an irreverent sarcasm) first came into use (as a noun) in 1999. (Yes, I know about Lewis Carroll's "The Hunting of the Snark" and I'm not sure there's any connection.)

Snark As A Verb?
Spell check seems to acknowledge snarky but no other iterations of snark. Still, an online search reveals several examples of snark as a verb. 

I still hate it. I know, I know, English is a living, evolving language and I'm old enough to remember actual blackboards and chalk and am therefore probably more set in my grammatical preferences.   In my opinion, snark et al are still a bit slangy and not appropriate for all uses. Dialogue? Sure, go at it. Or if the voice the writer is cultivating is a slangy one, then fine. But, in general narration? 

Snark As A Verb?

What do you think? Do you use snark in speech or writing? Do you use it as a verb? (I won't judge, I promise.) I want to hear some other opinions.) By the way, I have a similar reaction to the use of husk as a verb meaning to speak in a husky tone. "Oh, Lord Errol," she husked, "my maidenhead is not for sale." (Though I did use it myself once -- but it was in a humorous/satiric /one might even say, snarky piece.)
Snark As A Verb?

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Movies of Recent Vintage Happening This Week

    Movies Recent Vintage Happening This Week

    Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, August 21st at 8:30 PM, with "2010s Movie Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about movies... Read more

    4 hours, 42 minutes ago by   Theomnipotentq
  • How a Keto Diet Could Ease Chronic Pain

    Chronic pains such as fibromyalgia, migraines or arthritis is a very common problem. Could a keto diet help ease these symptoms? Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt sits down... Read more

    5 hours, 27 minutes ago by   Dietdoctor
  • Video of the Week: Three Versions of Tree Pose

    Video Week: Three Versions Tree Pose

    In this video, Baxter demonstrates three versions of Tree pose, one of the few original standing yoga poses (according to author Richard Rosen) and a... Read more

    5 hours, 30 minutes ago by   Ninazolotow
  • Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat

    Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat

    @ Chino, CA May 2018 Arguably one of the most graceful piston-engined aircraft ever designed, this Tigercat makes a photo pass down the runway during the... Read more

    5 hours, 59 minutes ago by   Htam
  • ‘Arrow’ Season 7 Promises To Be Grittier and Push Boundaries

    ‘Arrow’ Season Promises Grittier Push Boundaries

    Get ready for Arrow to go back to its roots in season 7 Arrow has all the dark elements of a Netflix show, but being a series on The CW network, it’s limited... Read more

    6 hours, 14 minutes ago by   Entertainmentjolt
  • Ground Beef and Tomato Bake with Cauliflower Topping

    Pascale Naessens' low-carb take on the classic Irish shepherd's pie, where cauliflower replaces the traditional mashed potato topping. A multi-layered... Read more

    6 hours, 29 minutes ago by   Dietdoctor
  • 7 Employee Practices That Will Make You A ‘Superboss’

    Employee Practices That Will Make ‘Superboss’

    Every business executive and entrepreneur I know believes they are good or even great leaders, but as an advisor I often hear a different story from their team. Read more

    6 hours, 30 minutes ago by   Martin Zwilling