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    whiff of troll

    What's the meaning of 'Whiff of troll'


    if someboday said to you: '' You have more than a whiff of troll"

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    Re: whiff of troll

    My guess is the speaker is calling the listener a troll.

    There is no reason to capitalize "Whiff" in your question. The question should end with a question mark.

    In your next sentence, "If" should be capitalized. There should be no space before the second "you". The final one should end with a period/full stop.

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    Re: whiff of troll

    A whiff is a faint smell. The person has more than a faint smell of troll. He is not actually claiming that the person is a troll, but saying that he believes it to be a strong possibility.

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    Re: whiff of troll

    The person is suspicious but has not seen anything conclusive yet.

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    Re: whiff of troll

    Thanks to all posters above who have enriched my topic with new informative posts. My questions are:

    - Where I can use this idiom?
    - How often it used in common spoken English?
    - Can any body give me an example of a sentence on how to correctly use it ?


    Sorry for being so demanding, but I really love English and I need to go deeper in it

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    Re: whiff of troll

    It is not common and I wouldn't worry about it.

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    #7

    Re: whiff of troll

    not a teacher

    As Mike says, the specific phrase "a whiff of troll" is not common and I'm not sure that I've seen it before. However, the use of "whiff" generally to mean a suspicion/trace/hint/suggestion of something is common enough and you can find some examples here: http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=whiff&l=0

    Examples in the link include:
    the whiff of failure
    a whiff of creepiness
    a whiff of doom
    the unmistakable whiff of chaos
    a strong whiff of authenticity

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    #8

    Re: whiff of troll

    If you moderate a forum and believe someone is there just to cause trouble, you could say it to that person.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: whiff of troll

    When I moderated forums, there were many times when it was more than a whiff.

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    Re: whiff of troll

    But it usually starts as a whiff, then gets worse.

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