and I were discussing the act of Trolling/Trawling.
Thinking that this might be one of those spelling/pronounciation disconnects so common to our lovely schizophrenic language i.e. they are spelled Teats but pronounced Tits
, I did a little digging and found a wonderful case of convergence. They have different pasts but have come together in common meaning.
1. To fish for by trailing a baited line from behind a slowly moving boat.
2. Slang: To patrol (an area) in search for someone or something: “ [Criminals] troll bus stations for young runaways” (Pete Axthelm).
3. Music: To sing in succession the parts of (a round, for example)
4. To roll or revolve.
5. Internet: To utter a posting on Usenet (or other forum) designed to attract predictable responses or flames.
[Middle English trollen, to wander about, from Old French troller, of Germanic origin.]
1. To catch (fish) with a net or set-line.
2. To troll
3. Internet: To sift through large volumes of data looking for something of interest.
[Possibly Middle English trawelle, perhaps from Middle Dutch tragel, dragnet, possibly from Latin trgula, from trahere, to drag.]
I suspect that with the false link to the noun Troll, (Scand. Myth.) A supernatural being
, Trawl will eventually bow out, leaving Troll to carry all.