The term, ‘cybertroll’, or ‘cyber-troll’, is often used synonymously with the meaning given by the media to “trolls” – which in the eyes of the media are people who abuse others, when in fact a ‘Troll’ is an internet user who posts to entertain others peacefully rather than aggressively.
Cybertroll as a term is most often used in Australia. It is a neologism and refers to Internet equivalents of the Old Norse and Swedish meaning of troll, which is ‘an ugly cave-dwelling creature depicted as either a giant or a dwarf,‘ according to the Oxford Dictionary.
In essence a Cybertroll is a troller who hides behind pseudonyms as if they were lurking in a cave, and waits for the opportune moment to attack their target with flames and other abuse.
Synonyms for Cybertroll include; Masked Snert, Hater troller.
Here are some trolling expressions based on common English idioms and other Troll Culture.
Fight flame with flame
In Troll Culture it means; when someone flame trolls you, you flame troll them back. Related to ‘Fight fire with fire’.
Two flames don’t make a kudos
In Troll Culture it means; flaming someone after they flame troll you does not make you like one another. Related to ‘Two wrongs don’t make a right’.
Flame for flame
In Troll Culture it means; someone should not be prosecuted for flame trolling if it was for an argument both side were implicated in. Related to ‘knock for knock’.
Haters gonna hate. Trollers gonna troll.
In Troll Culture it means; a Hater Troller is going to hate people and all Trollers are going to troll. Related to the phrase ‘if you can’t change something then change the way you think about it’.
In Korean, nak-si means “fishing”, and is used to refer to Internet trolling attempts, as well as purposefully misleading post titles.
A person who recognises the troll after having responded (or, in case of a post title nak-si, having read the actual post) would often refer to himself as a caught fish.
In Thai, the term “krean” (เกรียน) has been adopted to address Internet trollers. The term literally refers to a closely cropped hairstyle worn by most school boys in Thailand, thus equating Internet trolls to school boys.
The term “tob krean” (ตบเกรียน), or slapping a cropped head, refers to the act of posting intellectual replies to refute and cause the messages of Internet trolls to be perceived as unintelligent.
The Spanish phrase for trolling is ‘para acecho de curricán’, which literally means ‘lurking through trolling’. The etymology of this is that ‘acecho’ means ‘stalking’ and ‘curricán’ means trolling. The combination is a result of the phrase ‘para pesca de curricán’, which means ‘trolling’, but in the context of fish.
Schleppnetzgalerie. Schleppnetzgalerie is the German word for Internet trolling.
“Schleppnetzgalerie” literally stands for ‘trawling the gallery’. The etymology of this is that Trollers seek an audience to react to them, like the actors in a theatre who ‘play to the gallery’. The other reason is that ‘galerie’ refers to a meeting place, most commonly in a kitchen, and a kitchen is where one can find flames, such as on the stove.