- I'm starting to think the English lexicon needs a new term.
- What do you call it when someone recognizes a troll for what it is, snips its nonsense and points out in a concise way why the troll is wrong?
- It's useful, for some purposes, to correct widely believed misinformation when it is presented, even if you are aware that the person presenting the falsehoods is not worthy of serious consideration.
- It's not exactly a bite when one is not responding to the troll for the troll's benefit, but for the edification of others.
- Is there a word for that?
The origin of the term is meant to refer to the fable "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," wherein three goats of successively larger sizes try to cross a bridge guarded by a troll. The first two trick the troll into waiting for the next goat to come along, as they're larger and would make a better meal. The third goat is powerful enough to throw the troll over the side of the bridge.