21 December 2010

The ABBAs: The Name of the Game is Snark

"It's a Snark!" was the sound that first came to their ears,
And seemed almost too good to be true.
Then followed a torrent of laughter and cheers:
Then the ominous words "It's a Boo-"
Then, silence.
In a tight race, the first ever ABBAs brace has been scored by Bill Easterly as Aid Watch takes 37% of the vote to take the "Name of the Game" Snark of the Year award over the very worth Tales From the Hood, Wronging Rights, Laurenist and Hand Relief International. No, snark is not the Lewis Carroll character but a form of sarcasm that comes from the combination of 'snide remark.'

There is a measure of snark in all aid blogs. For some, it is a powerful rhetorical tool which keeps topics light with a bite.