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dosser

The origins of the "sock".

Jist been reading aboot a writer ca'ed R J Ellory who used a variety of online identities posing as literary critics to "big-up" his own books and slag-off those of his rivals.

The article (Scotland on Sunday) ca'es these other identities "socks".

Now, I aye thought that the word sock, in that context, wiz confined tae the late lamented Firstfoot - and wiz in fact the invention o' C.J. nae less.
It now seems tae be gettin' yased "oot there".

Am I richt or wrang aboot its origins though?
dosser

If Wikipedia is richt, it seems Ah'm wrang.

The term's been in use since 1993 and C J only jined Firstfoot in 1999.
weejan

FF was the place that I first learnt about socks. I always had a picture in my head of someone banging away on the keyboard with a sock on one hand,maybe taking the time to put ggogly eyes and a mouth on it and posting as themselves with the other hand.
Rolling Eyes
Celyn

Re: The origins of the "sock".

dosser wrote:
Jist been reading aboot a writer ca'ed R J Ellory who used a variety of online identities posing as literary critics to "big-up" his own books and slag-off those of his rivals.

The article (Scotland on Sunday) ca'es these other identities "socks".

Now, I aye thought that the word sock, in that context, wiz confined tae the late lamented Firstfoot - and wiz in fact the invention o' C.J. nae less.
It now seems tae be gettin' yased "oot there".

Am I richt or wrang aboot its origins though?


No, Firstfoot was many wonderful things but was not the originator of "sock" as in "sock puppet".

I've come across the term loads of times on fora not remotely connected to  Firstfoot, and long before meeting FF. Anyway, do we actually say "sock puppet" around here?  I at first took it to be a transatlantic term and still do.

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