Edgelord

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(informal, pejorative, Internet slang) Someone who attempts to seem edgy by doing or saying risque or offensivethings.

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An edgelord is a participant in an internet forum whose contributions are deliberately designed be offensive. The term is mostly used in a pejorative sense to describe someone who makes outrageous statements in order to appear "edgy" or "cool", when in reality they come off as an idiot or troll, making baseless statements in order to disrupt conversations.

Edgelords may express nihilistic opinions, appear pretentious, and appear to be expressing their outrageous opinions solely for the purpose of getting others to notice and respond to them.[1]

The general concept of edgelords originated in the dark corners or the internet and chan culture. The term appears to have thrust itself into the internet mainstream with the publication of Sarah Nyberg's article "I’m Sarah Nyberg, and I Was A Teenage Edgelord" in the fall of 2015, during the peak of the Gamergate shitstorm, and has been in steady use ever since.[2]
  1. What exactly is an edgelord? reddit.com, 3 January 2017.
  2. Google Trends data for the term "edgelord".

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Someone, especially posting on the internet, who uses shocking and nihilistic speech and opinions that they themselves may or may not actually believe to gain attention and come across as a more dangerous and unique person. Most Edgelords are teenagers trying to seem overly cool and/or over-casually apathetic.

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