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  2  definitions  found 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  someone  regarded  as  eccentric  or  crazy  [syn:  {odd  fellow},  {odd 
  fish},  {queer  bird},  {queer  duck}] 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
  kook  [Usenet;  originally  and  more  formally,  `net.kook']  Term 
  used  to  describe  a  regular  poster  who  continually  posts  messages  with  no 
  apparent  grounding  in  reality.  Different  from  a  {troll},  which  implies 
  a  sort  of  sly  wink  on  the  part  of  a  poster  who  knows  better,  kooks  really 
  believe  what  they  write,  to  the  extent  that  they  believe  anything 
  The  kook  trademark  is  paranoia  and  grandiosity.  Kooks  will  often 
  build  up  elaborate  imaginary  support  structures,  fake  corporations  and 
  the  like  and  continue  to  act  as  if  those  things  are  real  even  after 
  their  falsity  has  been  documented  in  public. 
  While  they  may  appear  harmless,  and  are  usually  filtered  out  by  the 
  other  regular  participants  in  a  newsgroup  of  mailing  list,  they  can 
  still  cause  problems  because  the  necessity  for  these  measures  is  not 
  immediately  apparent  to  newcomers;  there  are  several  instances  on  record, 
  for  example,  of  journalists  writing  stories  with  quotes  from  kooks  who 
  caught  them  unaware. 
  An  entertaining  web  page  chronicaling  the  activities  of  many 
  notable  kooks  can  be  found  at  `'. 

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