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This Week in Words: Snarf

Words are fun. When you combine them, you make sentences. Some make people laugh, some make people cry.

The beauty of words is that they are ever changing. New words are created and old words. Since the written word is immortal, those who possess an ability to wield it are those who will live forever (wow that was deep)…

We at The Rock pride ourselves for being different. The mind can do beautiful things when it’s not restricted.

Sometimes when there’s a situation that calls for a word that doesn’t quite exist in the English language. While The Rock prides itself for printing in two different languages, (who doesn’t love The Spanish Joke of the Week), there comes a time where a new word must be created to get one’s point across. That notion serves as the basis for This Week in Words, the latest feature from The Rock at Boston College.

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Snarf is an interesting word that became popular in my hometown of Greenwich, Connecticut back when I was in high school. The word was used as a response whenever a person did something foolish, such a spilling his or her drink. The act of snarfing someone is rather simple. To snarf someone, raise your hand above your head and direct it in an up and down motion toward the person you wish to snarf while repeating the word. Generally you want to have multiple people join in on the snarfing, or it will not be as effective.

Snarf can be used in a variety of scenarios. My personal favorite is to yell it from a distance at a person who either is a close friend or someone that looks like he or she is an undesirable. This wide variety allows for the frequent use of the word, but one must be careful to not use the word in an inappropriate scenario, for fear of hurting the value of the word.

Snarf can also be used as a way to identify yourself to other people who are familiar with the word. Whenever you are in large crowds, a simple hello can often be ineffective since other people could assume you are talking to them. But if you yell snarf in a fashion that wolves may use to call to their offspring, you are much more likely to find the person that you are looking for.

Snarf also substitutes as a greeting and a goodbye for conversational purposes. In this instance, one should use “snarf snarf” instead of just one snarf. The doubling use of the word indicates to people that you are using it to convey a message, rather than just an interjection.

As you can see, snarf is a very useful word to have in your vocabulary. It serves a variety of purposes and is just an overall fun word to use. Hopefully the Oxford English Dictionary will recognize snarf in the future, but until then use it to impress your friends with your ever-growing knowledge of communicational tactics.

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